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Driver Digest: Quick Rest Stop Exercises

Supply Chain Link

As truck drivers spend most of their time driving, it can be difficult to find the time to be active. It’s important for drivers to take care of their bodies and although there isn’t a lot of down time throughout your day, it only takes a few minutes to add some activity into your routine. READ MORE.

Enhancing Supply Chain Network Design with Sophisticated Inventory Optimization


By Chris Keller | Principal, Supply Chain Design | Chainalytics | The complexity involved in simultaneously optimizing a supply chain network and the inventory within that network has traditionally proven to be a sufficient barrier to completing such exercises.

It’s time for a revolution of the supply chain kind

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Now, no one ever said changing an operation model is a simple exercise, but it’s definitely a necessary step required to revolutionize planning and bring supply chain planning systems into the future. by Bill DuBois There have been some pretty significant revolutions throughout history.

Ranking Master’s Programs in Supply Chain Management

SCM Research

Finding the right Master’s program can be a difficult exercise. In spite of their sometimes oversimplifying nature, rankings can provide a first indication to make this exercise a bit easier. One of such rankings is the 2013/2014 Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking, provided by SMBG, a French consulting company, and based on a global survey of recruiters, students and representatives of academic institutions.

Leveraging Modeling Technology for Continuous Supply Chain Improvement: The CHEP Story

Talking Logistics

One of our predictions from a couple of years ago was that more companies would treat Supply Chain Design as a continuous business process instead of a standalone project or a once-a-year exercise. Live Episode: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm ET. CHEP is a perfect example of a company that has transformed its approach to supply chain design to build a more agile and efficient supply chain.

Supply Chain Design: Growing Scope, Community, and Collaboration

Talking Logistics

One of my predictions for 2015 was that more companies will start treating Supply Chain Design as a continuous business process instead of a standalone project or a once-a-year exercise.

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Move over old man. It’s time to meet supply chain planning 4.0

The 21st Century Supply Chain

After the exercise a number of the senior people chose early retirement. by Trevor Miles What I took away from the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference ….

How to Increase the Effectiveness of Lean – Closing the Gap between Why & How


You may be surprised that the resulting 5-Why exercise results in a much deeper understanding of the problem. By: Brent Rogers – Executive, Lean Deployment.

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Helping You Build Supply Chain Talent.

Supply Chain Insights

The sessions are limited to twenty-five attendees and the workshops are built based on experiential exercises and real-life case studies. “It used to be easy to hire a supply chain planner. Today, the positions are open 9-10 months, and. they are tough to fill.

Is Sacking a Customer Worth the Risk?

Supply Chain @ MIT

But companies need to exercise extreme caution when choosing such an […]. The customer is always right – except when you no longer want to do business them.

Customer-Centric Supply Chains: Adding Clarity to the Muddle

Supply Chain Shaman

He said, “I am not sure if this exercise makes sense. It was November. I was speaking at a client site. The topic was customer-centric supply chains. We started the morning by asking attendees to share their definition of a customer-centric supply chain.

Is an app store for enterprise software even possible?

The Network Effect

You have thousands of options for navigating, communicating, playing games, tracking your sleep and exercise, etc. Robert S. Donovan/Flickr. Think for a minute about the diverse activities you can do with your smart phone.

How to Combine Supply Chain Optimization and Simulation

OPS Rules

In the case of the inventory optimization example, it is often a straight forward exercise to build a simulation model to check that the optimization model’s suggested safety stock level can achieve the desired fill rate. Written by Desmond Torkornoo and Billy Hou.

Six Steps to successful Supply Chain Benchmarking

Supply Chain Movement

Institutionalizing the use of the results of a benchmark exercise by embedding it in a process minimizes the impact of executive churn. The need to benchmark supply chain performance runs deep in many companies.

Going Beyond Brokerage: How North American Capacity Solutions Can Go to Work for You

Talking Logistics

Don’t view procurement as a tactical, routine annual exercise that must be completed quickly in order to meet your current customer demand at the lowest possible cost. Shippers looking to make structural improvements within their logistics operations often immediately turn to more significant changes such as implementing new technology solutions or redesigning their distribution network in order to see the best return.

A Theory of Robust Supply Chains

SCM Research

Through reviewing 94 articles, and a Q-sorting exercise, we identify four (i.e. Strategies and practices to achieve supply chain resilience have been at the heart of supply chain management practice and research for almost a decade. However, such efforts have often focused on ways to make supply chains more reactive to turbulence and disruptions. In our recent article, Antecedents and Dimensions of Supply Chain Robustness , my co-authors, Christian F. Durach and José A.D.

From Project to Continuous Business Process: The Evolution of Supply Chain Design

Talking Logistics

Historically, Supply Chain Design was an exercise companies undertook at most once a year, or when a significant change occurred in their supply chain, such as an acquisition. Live Episode: Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm ET. It was a strategic/tactical analysis, disconnected from day-to-day operations, and the software tools were difficult to learn and use.

Five Tips for a LEAN Refresher for the Retail Season

Ryder Exchange

Review key protocols, like shut down and emergency plans and evacuation routes, and perform mock emergency exercises.

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Laying the Foundation for Advanced Supply Chain Planning Capabilities in the Food and Beverage Industry


However, without a solid foundation trying to use Big Data can be an exercise in futility leading to lots of data with little insight.

Have you Heard About ‘’Chain of Responsibility’’ in the Supply Chain and Transportation?


However, in most cases, the driver is not the only party to exercise a degree of control over on-road outcomes. As our customer presence in Australia is growing, we are learning new things from our Commonwealth cousins from ‘’Down Under’’.

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

Talking Logistics

Simply put, I admit upfront that my supply chain and logistics predictions below are biased and flawed, but I make them anyway because it’s a fun exercise, and also because I hope it generates some thoughtful conversations and ideas.

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Treading Water

Supply Chain Shaman

With all of the current political rhetoric on jobs and efficiency, we thought that it would be an interesting exercise to evaluate and contrast the state of industries pre-recession, during the recession and post recession. I spent my summers as a lifeguard.

A Commentary Regarding E2open’s SAP Ring Fence Strategy

Supply Chain Matters

The commentary describes current E2open customers such as Avnet, Avon, Hewlett Packard, L’Oreal and Shell, specifically how they are exercising various ring fence strategies. After the publishing of the book SAP Nation, Vinnie Mirchandani''s Deal Architect blog has featured added content and responses that have been generated from the book, particularly the described “ring fence” strategy that customers have undertaken.

Top 12 logistics influencers on Twitter


Finding the right logistics people worth following however is a daunting exercise, especially if you don’t know who to look for. Finding logistics people to follow on Twitter is easy.

How does procurement evaluate outsource providers?


What is the reason you are engaged in the outsourcing exercise? In the RFQ process, procurement should ideally be transparent about answering this question. Too often, however, the sales team at suppliers providing the bid have to “guess” at what they think will be important.

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Supply Chain Resiliency: A Commitment, not a Time Bound Project


However, supply chain resiliency is not a limited duration, project-based exercise.

Supply Chain Visibility: A Precursor to Insight and Optimization

Talking Logistics

The most common goals of supply chain visibility include the following, but as your company completes this exercise, be sure to include quantifiable metrics: Reduce business and supply chain risk.

Bill Gates: We need a ‘war game’ for the infectious diseases supply chain

The Network Effect

Although the system is not perfect, NATO countries participate in joint exercises in which they work out logistics such as how fuel and food will be provided, what language they will speak, and what radio frequencies will be used. Image by UK Department for International Development/Flickr.

Is “Carrier Network” on Your TMS Wish List?

Talking Logistics

Harnessing this analytics power will allow customers to develop a business model that’s got a lot more detail and analysis behind it than the typical pen-and-paper exercise of ringing up a couple of carriers to get a few quotes.

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Don’t Fear Optimization (It’s Just a Word)

Talking Logistics

For example, in a recent exercise I conducted with MIT students , they were given a relatively simple transportation problem to solve using a spreadsheet: fulfill two orders for t-shirts, with two destinations, three potential ship-from locations, and a single truck carrier with a flat rate.

Five Customer Product Segmentation Pitfalls to Avoid


When embarking on a customer product segmentation exercise, keep in mind the following pitfalls. If sales employees do not back the exercise, it will never work. Segmentation is a strategic exercise. This is also beneficial because of complexity of the segmentation exercise.

Logistics Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2017


Making predictions in technology, even just one year out, are generally an exercise in futility, so this really isn't a forecast for 2017, but more a list of trends that I am interested in and keeping my eye on.

Develop a Shared Vision Statement with Your 3PL

Talking Logistics

Determining how to measure “ownership experience” and “owner loyalty” was part of the exercise the two companies went through, along with determining how logistics and other parties in the supply chain impact those measures and what defines world class (improving JD Power and Associates rankings became one of the measures).

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Supply Chain Design: Insights from CHEP’s Journey to Continuous Improvement

Talking Logistics

One of my predictions from a couple of years ago was that more companies would treat Supply Chain Design as a continuous business process instead of a standalone project or a once-a-year exercise.