Boeing Appoints New Senior Executive for Commercial Aircraft Group

Supply Chain Matters

Boeing made a senior management change this week, recruiting a General Electric Aviation Services executive to be the new head of the Commercial Aircraft division. This executive move, which is effective immediately, likely has manufacturing, supply chain and services management implications from two perspectives. Kevin McAllister previously served as the head of GE’s Aviation Services […].

Group Purchasing Organizations: More Than a Healthcare Opportunity


Historically, group purchasing organizations (GPOs) have been primarily utilized within the healthcare industry. A GPO is a group of businesses or organizations that come together to use their collective purchasing power to receive discounts from vendors.

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Shockproof your global supply chain - Access Group white paper

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

This Access Group whitepaper looks at how organisations can manage and mitigate the impact of global disruptions Whether the shocks come from natural or political earthquakes, companies need to act quickly to protect from tremors being felt across their supply chain.

Structuring Your Demand Planning Group to Make its Greatest Contribution

Supply Chain Nation

Whether you are contemplating creating a demand planning group within your company, or questioning whether your current demand planning is as functional as possible, Part 2 of this 4-part series is aimed to help you navigate the hurdles of structuring your organization and its supported processes, so as to ensure your demand planning group is established and organized for its greatest chance of success.

Should My Organization Have a Demand Planning Group?

Supply Chain Nation

Having a group that is well organized and well positioned will increase the accuracy of the demand plan, as well as build trust that your company can successfully run with that plan. This 4-part series is both for those contemplating creating a demand planning organization, and for those who are questioning whether their current group is positioned to make its greatest contribution. We will first discuss whether a company should even have a standalone demand planning group.

The Winning Group builds omni-channel retailing platform with Manhattan Associates

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

has announced that Australian kitchen and laundry appliance specialist, The Winning Group, has completed a successful roll out of Manhattan's Supply Chain Commerce Solutions as part of a business transformation project designed to deliver a fulfilling brand experience for customers Manhattan Associates, Inc.

Smartbox Group implements RELEX's Supply Chain Optimisation solution to maximise sales and increase operational efficiency internationally

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Smartbox Group, a global leader of the experience gift concept with shares in Europe, has selected RELEX Solutions' supply chain software to implement optimised supply chain processes for its rapidly growing global operation

JDA Special Interest Groups (SIGs) – Collaboration with a Twist…

Supply Chain Nation

As a professor and assistant chair in fashion merchandising at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, I not only instruct my students on using the JDA ® Advanced Store Replenishment and JDA ® Allocation solutions, but I also participate in a few JDA Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Supply Chain Supply Chain Management allocation collaboration SIG Speicla Interest Groups

Do You Have a Proactive Supply Chain Design or a Reactive One?

Talking Logistics

Eric Robinson is a Senior Project Engineers at Kenco Group. 3PL Guest Commentary Guest Commentary - Kenco Group Supply Chain Risk Management Kenco Group supply chain designEvery supply chain has a central purpose, regardless of size or industry: getting materials from their point of origin to the place they’re needed as quickly and inexpensively as possible.

Moving Forward with Blockchain in the Supply Chain

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Trever founded the GigCity Virtual Reality (VR/AR) users group and is an active member of the Atomic Windbags Toastmasters group in Chattanooga.

Special Interest Groups: So Where’s the Value?

Supply Chain Nation

As the president of the JDA Users Group, I’d like to talk a bit about the value gained by participating in a JDA Special Interest Group (SIG). Under “Community”, click “Join a Group”. Featured Special Interest Groups As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Time is money.”

Implications of the Effects of Omni-Channel Commerce- Walmart Merges IT Groups

Supply Chain Matters

In our Supply Chain Matters commentaries focused on Retail industry and B2C commerce, we have for the past two years consistently urged industry players to view the needs of physical brick and mortar store retail and online customer fulfillment as a singular strategy focus. That included the management of merchandising, inventory and logistics fulfillment. The […].

Operational Excellence: Streamlining the Warehouse Layout Process

Talking Logistics

Mistakes are common because people communicate from their own perspectives and experiences, and it is very easy for two groups of people to use the same terms for different objects or actions.

Industry Group Reports Record North America Rail Freight Traffic in 2014

Supply Chain Matters

Throughout 2014, Supply Chain Matters featured commentaries related to the North America railroad industry, specifically capacity, safety and specialty car backhaul operational challenges that impacted multiple industry supply chains. General business and supply chain media noted incidents of severe congestion, marginal service and other operational issues effecting rail traffic last year.

ARC Advisory Group: Too Many TMS Systems Fail at Implementation


In this brief from ARC Advisory Group, researchers found that implementation rates for TMS systems have not drastically improved in recent years, especially when it comes to being fully functional by the project deadline.

Supply Chain Visibility: An Important Piece of the Logistics Puzzle

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Steve Hitchings, Senior Vice President of IT at Kenco Group. 3PL Guest Commentary Guest Commentary - Kenco Group Supply Chain Technology Trends business intelligence collaboration Kenco Group supply chain visibility WMS YMS

What About Them Apples?

Supply Chain Shaman

I have been an industry analyst covering the market– Gartner, AMR Research, Altimeter Group and my own company Supply Chain Insights– since 2001. I think that within a global organization there is a need for a design group, a S&OP plan and a replenishment process.

Why Use Augmented Reality in Your Warehouse or DC?

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Guest Commentary Guest Commentary - Kenco Group Supply Chain Technology Trends Warehouse Management augmented reality Google Glass Keno Group Kristi Montgomery Microsoft HoloLens virtual reality warehouse management

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Supply Chain Agenda of Alessandro de Luca, SVP at Merck Group

Supply Chain Movement

Alessandro de Luca, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Supply Network Operations at Merck Group. I am responsible for the end-to-end global supply chain for Merck Serono, the group’s pharmaceutical division. ‘Real-time communication in order to be able to react fast is key’.

The WannaCry Cyberattack: Another Warning for Supply Chain Executives

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Cloud/SaaS Supply Chain Risk Management cyber attack cyber security Descartes Systems Group FedEx James Fallows Renault WannaCryOne of the most popular posts I wrote last September became a reality over the weekend. Comparing the headlines (September 7, 2016 and May 12, 2017).

UltraShipTMS adds Castellini Group of Companies to “Blossoming” List of Food Shipping Customers

Supply Chain Collaborator

December 15, 2016 – Fair Lawn, NJ – UltraShipTMS proudly announces the latest addition to its bumper crop of food shipping customers – Castellini Group of Companies.

Embrace Lean Warehousing Practices in 2017

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Joel Holt is Director of Continuous Improvement at Kenco Group. Guest Commentary Guest Commentary - Kenco Group Warehouse Management 3PL Kenco Group Lean logistics warehousingEven the most determined business optimist would be hard-pressed not to find a warehousing cost that isn’t creeping skyward.

Overcoming Complacency: How to Drive Even More Supply Chain Metric Success

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Brad Liddie is an experienced Vice President of Operations at Kenco Group with a demonstrated history of working in the logistics and supply chain industry. Guest Commentary Guest Commentary - Kenco Group Warehouse Management continuous improvement Kenco Group KPI supply chain metrics warehouse managementA sense of complacency can lurk behind benchmarks. Once you hit your monthly warehouse goals, there can be a pull toward maintaining rather than gaining on your goals.

The Next Great Disruption Coming to Supply Chains

The 21st Century Supply Chain

I watched a TED Talk video by Philip Evans, from Boston Consulting Group and shuddered to think that all our traditional fulfillment and inventory models can be drastically transformed by the “consumer”.

The Convergence of Logistics and Commerce (and Social Networking Too)

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3PL Supply Chain & Logistics Trends Supply Chain Technology Trends Descartes Systems Group e-commerce JDA Software logistics Symphony Commerce

Alibaba Group Partners with SEKO Logistics in Hong Kong and Taiwan for Cross-Border Ecommerce

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Pool Distribution: The Speed of Parcel at the Cost of LTL/Truckload

Talking Logistics

So, I would describe less sophisticated pool distribution as ‘Hey, send me your goods, I’ll group them with other shippers, and I’ll tell you when they show up.’

Built for Yesterday’s Consumer: The Demise of Malls and Traditional Distribution Networks

Talking Logistics

According to CoStar Group, a provider of commercial real estate information, the number of malls with vacancy rates greater than 40 percent — which generally means the mall is in “a death spiral” — has increased from less than 0.5

The New Value Equation in Contract Logistics

Talking Logistics

That was the main question I addressed with Greg Boring, VP of Sales at Kenco Group , in a recent episode of Talking Logistics. 3PL Episode Highlights e-commerce Kenco Group logistics outsourcing procurement supply chain visibility

HS 2017 Reform Is Here: Are You Prepared?

Talking Logistics

It also comprises 5,387 separate groups of goods compared to 5,205 in 2012. For example, a new group code has been created for monopods, bipods and tripods (9620.00). Preston Barton is Vice President, Sales, Content Business at Descartes Systems Group. Global Trade Management Guest Commentary Guest Commentary - Descartes Regulations Descartes Systems Group global trade management Harmonized System HS 2017 tariffs World Customs Organization

Which Supply Chain Metrics Matter the Most?

Talking Logistics

Usually, there are three things that companies do wrong when trying to measure the performance of their organization,” said Jason Minghini, VP Best Practices at Kenco Group in a recent episode of Talking Logistics.

This Week in Logistics News (November 28 – December 2, 2016)

Talking Logistics

This week The Mahindra Group, one of the largest diversified multinational group of companies based in India, and IBM announced the development of a blockchain solution that has the potential “to reinvent supply chain finance across India by enhancing security, transparency and operational processes.”

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HCL Tech signs global alliance agreement with JDA Software Group

Supply Chain Network

From IIFL: “HCL Technologies, a leading global IT services provider, announced today that it has signed a global alliance agreement with the JDA Software Group, Inc, leader in supply chain management. This announcement expands HCL’s existing relationship with JDA thereby extending HCL’s offerings in professional services for industries such as retail, manufacturing, CPG and life sciences for the Americas and the Europe.

The Morphing of Black Friday: An Interview with Joe Skorupa, Group Editor-In-Chief, RIS News

Supply Chain Nation

Joe Skorupa, Group Editor-In-Chief for RIS News , recently spoke with Supply Chain Nation as part of our Expert Insights series to share his views on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other holiday shopping issues.

Making Internet of Things (IoT) Work in Supply Chain

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Supply Chain Technology Trends Upcoming Episodes Internet of Things IoT Kenco Group Kristi Montgomery return on investment ROILive Episode: Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm ET. Is anything as over-hyped as the Internet of Things (IoT) right now?

The Panama Canal Expansion: The Impact on Logistics Strategies and Operations

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According to research conducted by The Boston Consulting Group and C.H. Robinson, and Jennifer Bratton, partner and managing director in the Minneapolis office of The Boston Consulting Group — will address those questions and more in this timely and important episode you don’t want to miss! Robinson East Coast ports Panama Canal The Boston Consulting Group West Coast portsLive Episode: June 30, 2015 at 12:00 ET.

This Week in Logistics News (September 29 – October 3, 2014)

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The MetaPack Group Acquires U.S. According to the press release: enVista…has launched a joint venture with Fredman Design Group (Fredman), a nationally recognized interior design firm.

Amazon Acquiring Whole Foods: A Wakeup Call for the Grocery Industry?

Talking Logistics

I think you’re kidding yourself if you don’t see this as a wakeup call for the grocery industry,” said David Caines, COO at Kenco Group in a recent episode of Talking Logistics. There’s certainly been a lot of buzz and discussions since Amazon announced its planed acquisition of Whole Foods.

Other 2016 Predictions Assimilated by Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters

Our Supply Chain Matters and Ferrari Consulting and Research Group 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains were featured throughout December and are now available for downloading in our Research Center. Food and Beverage supply chain Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Supplier Management Transportation and Logistics 2016 predictions for industry supply chains BravoSolution Chris Jones Descartes Systems Group EcoVadis Intesource Supply chain Matters blog

This Week in Logistics News (February 20-24, 2017)

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3PL Regulations Robots This Week in News Amazon drones enVista gasoline taxes Kenco Group Trade Facilitation Agreement UPS WTO XPO LogisticsThe kids had off from school this week, so we snuck off for a few days of skiing in VT. How was the skiing?