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Dealing With The Supply Chain Gloppy Mess

Supply Chain Shaman

For the first in seven years, I was not heads-down preparing for The Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. Pre-pandemic only 30% of supply chain leaders were satisfied with their supply chains, and during the pandemic, business leader satisfaction is falling precipitously.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Manufacturing is the foundation of my interest in supply chain management. Supply Chain and Design. This was the beginning of my journey from manufacturing to understanding larger supply chain concepts. I knew nothing about the world of logistics, inventory management and order optimization. Much to my chagrin, when I entered into the world of supply chain, the processes of source, make and deliver were usually not designed.

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Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

Google did not acquire a third-party logistics (3PL) company or a logistics software vendor. For example, 3PLs and software vendors did pay more attention to serving the needs of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and companies in the Energy and Process Industries (see TMS for SMB: Breaking Down the Barriers , Oil & Gas Companies Focus on Eliminating Supply Chain Waste , and Collaboration and Optimization in the Oil & Gas Industry ).

The Value of Optimized Container Management in Complex Automotive Supply Chains

DELMIA Quintiq

Today’s supply chains are becoming more complex and dynamic. Logistics processes and strategies must be able to adapt to this multivariable environment and accommodate these demands, down to the smallest detail. While the automotive industry is proactive in developing strategies to optimize manufacturing processes, many important aspects are siloed, especially one crucial element: The container, which plays an important role in ensuring seamless logistic processes.

Strong Supply Chains Required For an Economic Rebound: Six Steps To Take

Supply Chain Shaman

My last post on the Supply Chain Shaman blog was forty-five days ago. My first focus was on China sourcing. Then it was the redefinition of the supply chain for the global shutdowns Sick with the virus; I spent my energies writing and moderating podcasts. I firmly believe that the rebound of the economy requires strong supply chains, but to make this happen, we need to turn our backs on historic practices and innovate new ways of working.

Ultimate COVID-19 Supply Chain Resource Roundup

Freightos

As COVID-19 spreads and nations across the globe take measures to contain it, the impacts to the supply chain have been dramatic, fast-changing, and many. While we stay on top of all the rapid changes, we’ve also come across a lot of great online resources covering the coronavirus’ impact across the world from many different perspectives particularly COVID-19’s supply chain impact. Our Favorite Coronavirus Supply Chain Resources. Bolloré Logistics.

Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

The recent announcement by Google-owned Motorola Mobility that all new Moto X smartphones sold in the US will be manufactured in Texas, highlights the continued importance of the global supply chain and role of freight forwarders and logistics services providers (LSPs) in successful local sourcing strategies. Subscribe to our blog to receive the full blog series via email and stay informed about the latest global logistics news and insight. .

Reconfiguring the Automotive Post Pandemic Supply Chain

Logistics Trends and Insights

In addition, with 80% of global car production requiring parts from China, the shutdown made it difficult for global vehicle makers within China and elsewhere around the world to source parts required for building cars. The factories are closed in these regions and elsewhere around the world because of a combination of restrictions aimed at containing the virus, drops in vehicle demand, and issues with component supply.

Digital Twinning of Supply Chains!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. The Digital Supply Chain Road is Full of Potholes, Construction and Accidents! This Digital Twinning of Supply Chains article focuses on transformative ideation of transport & logistics value chains.

What’s the Difference Between Freight Management and Logistics Management?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. What’s the Difference Between Logistics and Distribution? In business it is not uncommon to hear the words “Logistics Management” and “Freight Management” thrown around interchangeably. “Logistics” and “Freight” both conjure up imagery associated with the movement and transportation of goods whether by truck, car, rail, ocean liner or any other form of transportation.

What Supply Chain Risks Must Supply Chain Execs Keep Top of Mind?

Cerasis

Risk permeates supply chains. The best-laid plans to avoid as many risks as possible often fall on deaf ears in supply chain management, but supply chain executives who take the time to understand the greatest threats can successfully position their companies to overcome such risks. While there are thousands of possible supply chain risks in various supply chains, supply chain execs should keep these risks top of mind.

The Network Effect in Supply Chain and Logistics

Talking Logistics

About four years ago, UPS launched its “ We Love Logistics ” ad campaign, which helped raise public awareness about the logistics industry (and helped my family and friends better understand what I do for a living). I hope UPS does the same for communicating the value of networks to supply chain and logistics executives — not just physical networks, but digital ones too. Source: UPS. Source: UPS. Where to Find Supply Chain Innovation.

Logistics KPIs Case Study: Whirlpool’s Supply Chain and Logistics Success Driven by Effective KPI Implementation

Cerasis

We conclude our ongoing series in talking about effective KPI management by giving you a real live Logistics KPIs management case study from Whirlpool's engagement with a logistics service level provider. The Reiterated Importance of Understanding and Managing KPIs in Business and Logistics Management. We hope the following case study shows you the proverbial proof in the pudding of effective Logistics KPIs management. . What core Logistics KPIs would you track?

The Transportation Supply Chain: Transportation’s Role in Supply Chain Management to Lower Total Costs

Cerasis

In order to avoid incidents of mismatch between supply and demand, establish more efficient manufacturing and lower costs, it is necessary to establish an environment of consistent supply chain visibility. Everything from sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, to the sales channels which feed supply for a finished product are essential factors. One of the often missing links, however, in supply chain visibility, is transportation management.

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. That will be in 2015, after the peak of oil [supply].”. Brent crude oil prices Dec 2009 – Dec 2014 (Source MoneyAM.com). I use this example to illustrate the challenges (or, perhaps, the futility) of making supply chain and logistics predictions. For related commentary, see: In Logistics, Somebody Has to Own the Assets.

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Reverse Supply Chains: Best Practices for Better Asset Recovery

Cerasis

Recovering your assets is a difficult task no matter what your occupation with reverse supply chains in the marketplace. As businesses often have a surplus of goods to dispose of or recover, such as core returns, we’ve compiled some excellent tips for your company so the process of handling goods not only stretches further… but enhances your chain value as well. Effective Reverse Supply Chains. Reverse Logistics Supply Chain reverse supply chains

Supplier Diversity in Logistics!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Supplier Diversity in Logistics article and permission to publish here provided by Kevin Jessop at cerasis.com. A more diverse world has taken shape, and the transportation and supply chain industry is no stranger to this shift.

Surviving Disruptions – an opportunity for supply chains to thrive with people and technology – LogiSYM July 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

“Managing supply chain and logistics has never been more significant and challenging since the outbreak of COVID-19 that created a new norm with high uncertainty and enforced an inevitable shift”. Logistics and supply chain management is a rapidly evolving field.

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E-Commerce Needs These Supply Chain Systems !

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Supply Chain Systems article and permission to publish here provided by Dave Joseph at veridian.info. The warehouse management system (WMS) is the most recognizable and diverse of the e-commerce supply chains’ system lineup.

Supply Chain And Logistics Trends That Could Be Big In 2020

Logistics Bureau

Rob O’Byrne makes an early start with his round-up of supply chain and logistics trends that might make industry headlines in the coming year. His observations include trends in first and last-mile logistics, and the increase in SMEs entering global markets. 2020 Supply Chain and Logistics Trends: What’s Around the Corner? The Death of the End-to-End Supply Chain. In short, the supply chain is no longer linear, but circular.

Why Blockchain Within The Supply Chain Makes Perfect Sense

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog is from Kevin Doubleday who discusses the importance of blockchain within the supply chain. Current Supply Chains don’t operate at the cadence of business. Integrating Blockchain within the Supply Chain could change that. When we are asked about “killer” use cases for blockchain within enterprise systems, Supply Chain is the usual suspect — and for good reason.

Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

SUMMARY: Because 4PL providers handle a company’s entire chain, including challenges that are thrown up by advances in technology, they are increasingly being favoured over third-party logistics (3PL) providers, especially by big companies with complex supply chains.

Responsible Sourcing! Making Sustainability Happen for Real!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. The Green Supply Chain: True Sustainability or Just One Big Marketing Stunt? Sustainability is created at the source of our products, services, and consumption. Sustainability is created from Responsible Sourcing. How can you make Responsible Sourcing a Reality? If you can excite the people around you about sourcing responsibly, chances are you’ll be able to formulate a network of internal champions.

The Top 5 Reasons You Need a Transportation Sourcing Solution

Talking Logistics

However, if your role is managing the movement of widgets from point A to point B, or multiple points, the freight procurement task before you can be labor intensive and time consuming — unless you use a technology solution specifically designed for transportation sourcing. Here are the top five reasons you need a transportation sourcing solution: 1. Freight is unique. Freight sourcing is as unique and complex as the transportation industry itself.

Freight and Logistics – Breaking the Traffic Jam that is your Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The Traffic Jam Supply Chain Model. Consider each of the nodes (suppliers, operations, distribution centres, stores) in your Supply Chain as being a “highway” Consider also that all of the goods that you are moving along these nodes are the “vehicles” travelling on those highways. Any traffic jam will slow your Supply Chain, and your Company, to a snail’s pace, if not stop it altogether. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

4 Best Ways Manufacturers Can Perfect Their Supply Chain

USC Consulting Group

Yet with COVID-19 and product shortages still a reality, some manufacturers are wondering what they can do to improve their supply chain resiliency to prepare for present and future disruption. In a separate poll conducted by the ISM, purchasing managers at some of the largest manufacturing companies expressed ongoing unease about future shocks to their supply chain while they scramble to remedy current shortages. Focus on strategic sourcing.

Why is Supply Chain Such a Great Career Path?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. What is Supply Chain Management (SCM)? When I started my career the term “Supply Chain” had just been coined. As such it was many years before I actually heard of the term “Supply Chain Management” Regardless I pursued my interests and took on an increasingly diverse set of progressive jobs as time went on. What Makes Supply Chain Special? Subscribe Here!

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Bitcoin: A New Supply Chain Operating System?

Talking Logistics

Casey and Paul Vigna – that opened my eyes to bitcoin’s true potential: as a new operating system for supply chain networks. The WSJ article and other sources, such as this Khan Academy video series , explain how bitcoin works, so I won’t go into it here. Source: [link]. A supply chain blockchain application, therefore, could be used to record the balances and transfers of inventory across a distributed supply chain network.

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10 Vital Supply Chain Lessons from the Coronavirus Pandemic!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Coronavirus Exposes Global Supply Chain Fragility! Every aspect of our lives has been disrupted: our health, freedom of movement, employment, the economy, our ability to buy goods, and virtually every Supply Chain. Apart from the panic buying are there Supply Chain lessons that we should learn from the Coronavirus pandemic to improve the robustness of Supply Chains in the future?

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The Pros and Cons: International and Domestic Sourcing

Unleashed

It’s easy to oversimplify the differences between sourcing for parts locally or internationally. When considering where to purchase from, the prevailing idea seems to be that domestic sourcing allows for better control and shorter lead time, but international sourcing is more cost-effective. Let’s compare the strengths and weaknesses of both international and domestic sourcing options. International Sourcing. Reaping the benefits of international sourcing.

Using Digital Supply Chain Planning to Respond to Market-Changing Disruptions like COVID-19

ToolsGroup

With supply chain planning software you can automate the achievement of service levels, even under changing constraints resulting from major disruptions. As COVID-19 continues its malevolent spread around the world, concerns grow regarding the continued impact on supply chains and business continuity. Commonly companies will use a “firefighting” response in times of supply chain disruption in order to meet service levels.

Reimagine Supply Chain of the Future – agile, resilient, and balanced – LogiSYM July 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

Reimagine Supply Chain of the future: There are many facets to imagining Supply Chain of Future. What are the learnings from Covid disaster that leaders will incorporate into future supply chains? Let us study major highlights of Supply Chains of the future.

Visibility in Transportation Management Leads to Supply Chain Excellence

Talking Logistics

With visibility as the key driver for an effective supply chain improvement strategy, businesses today must rely on building collaborative relationships in their extended supply chains to gain visibility from end-to-end. And as supply chains continue to grow, diversify and become increasingly global, total insight, oversight and foresight will become increasingly critical. Freight Cost Management eliminates post-audits and disputes.

Keeping It Local: How Shorter Supply Chains Impact Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

After decades of longer and more global supply chains, some are becoming shorter and more localized. This trend has important implications to supply chain planning. Contracting Supply Chains. . A recent special report by The Economist says that while most people assume that shrinking supply chains are caused by political factors such as tariffs, in fact there are deeper long-term trends at play.

Talking Logistics: PINC and project44 Partnership Commentary

PINC

PINC and project44 announced a partnership this week that “aims to empower industry-leading shippers and carriers with end to end real-time shipment visibility and yard management automation capabilities for an enhanced supply chain experience.” By Adrian Gonzalez.