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Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. And, what are some of the key factors retailers need to consider when developing their transportation plans? Also, is multi-functional engagement important and, how does omni-channel impact transportation sourcing?

Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations


You can’t just turn around a giant cargo ship. And when shipping to volatile countries, it becomes even harder. companies with global operations, one of the most effective ways to mitigate risk is to ship smarter. companies should be looking to partner with more stable countries where tariff changes aren’t expected. Once cargo has shipped, there are no “backsies.” goods is more complex than it used to be. Shipping Overseas.

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Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations


Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations. You can’t just turn around a giant cargo ship. And when shipping to volatile countries, it becomes even harder. companies with global operations, one of the most effective ways to mitigate risk is to ship smarter. companies should be looking to partner with more stable countries where tariff changes aren’t expected. goods is more complex than it used to be.

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Companies of all sizes have been capturing the value from Global Supply Chain to increase the economies of scale and scope for years. Due to the rapid change in global business environment, managers find it difficult to gain the edge over competitors. In this article, we will show you tips from worldwide experts that you can use to streamline your global supply chain operations. Keep it Simple : It’s important to not over complicate things.

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What Are the Goals of Procurement Management?

EC Sourcing Group

What Are the Goals of Procurement Management? The goals of procurement management are generally to acquire goods and services with the highest quality at the lowest cost to create an end product. However, there are many goals and milestones along the way that need to be met to make this happen efficiently. For instance, every purchasing department wants to lower costs and be more productive, so these are concrete goals. .

24 supply chain experts & business leaders reveal the #1 challenge of supply chain management (and how to solve it)

6 River Systems

The COVID-19 pandemic made it abundantly clear that effective supply chain management is crucial to the success of a business. Moreover, it’s vital to the health of the global economy. The pandemic crisis had global ramifications felt throughout the entire supply chain, from raw materials to finished products, and for many companies, building the resiliency needed to weather such storms has become the #1 challenge of supply chain management. How to solve it?

6 Common Supply Chain Mistakes and How to Resolve Them


Successful supply chain management requires a company to recover from disruptions, which are a normal part of any business. The cost of recovery from a disruption in procurement management depends on factors such as supply source, volume, manufacturing location and inventory. Recent changes in supply chain solutions include building to order and obtaining supplies just before they're needed, resulting in a greater dependence on lead times.

Supplier Management and Sourcing in the Fashion Industry – Under the Spotlight


More than virtually any other sector, sourcing and supplier management in the fashion industry have been exposed to intense scrutiny in recent years, while the functions have become of increasingly strategic importance to business success. Digital transformation is delivering benefits to many of the world’s leading fashion companies, especially in Italy, where roughly half of the leading fashion concerns have implemented JAGGAER solutions.

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Procurement Technology: An Update from Spend Matters in Baltimore


Today I travelled to Baltimore to attend the ISM/Spend matters Global Procurement Tech Summit. I will be speaking on procurement analytics tomorrow, but got to attend a set of great sessions over the first half of the day. The first speaker was Anne Rung, Administrator from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The approach is to begin to think about how to apply category management to leverage spend across agencies.

Supply Chain Optimization 101: How to Best Harness the Power of Big Data


More importantly, how can you leverage this fascinating technology into the world of supply chain optimization? The answer is both obvious and complicated — big data is comprised of huge data sets that can be analyzed by powerful, logarithm-fueled computers to yield valuable information about a given sector or processes. This includes trends, informational patterns, and non-intuitive links in both the business field and in the social sciences with regards to human behavior.

How to Get the Benefit of GDPR for Your Supply Chain

Logistics Bureau

Yet much of what it obliges enterprises to do can be leveraged for their advantage. Now could be a good time to assess the upside. The goal of the GDPR is to give people greater control over their personal data. Although it originates from the European Union, the GDPR applies to enterprises across the globe, as in the following examples. Your package holiday company in Australia sells vacations to tourists from Portugal. Access to information.

Freight Consolidation for Full Truckload: The Hidden Gem of Full Truckload Shipping


Full truckload shipping is generally less expensive than other over the road transportation modes. It takes more time to get shipments to consumers. Remember time is money, and if your product sits in the back of an LTL van for several days, your consumers will flock to your competitors. Instead of throwing in the towel, shippers can leverage full truckload shipping to ship LTL shipments in the back of a full-size van or trailer.

7 Use Cases for Hyperledger in Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

Get used to it. They are here to stay. I think defining the future of Supply Chain technology means that we, as supply chain leaders, need to take a hard left. I believe we need to move to Open Source tech. It could be unloading a container from a ship, receipt of a shipment, transfer of ownership, a return, or a change in status. Each had E2open, Elemica, GTNexus and SAP Ariba and were unable to drive interoperability between the networks.

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Suppliers are Friends, not Food!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Sam Jenks at Now… Is there something to be learned from this quote in Finding Nemo, that we can apply to procurement and sourcing? But, they also know that lifting the hood, and building true visibility into their supply chain, might lead to some unforeseen discoveries. Source: Nestlé Global. “To

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COVID-19 Lesson: Make Your Supply Chain More Resilient

Logistics Bureau

Until the Coronavirus began wreaking its havoc, global companies could run their supply chains on the assumption that disruptions would be rare and short-lived, and that products should be sourced, produced, and distributed at the cheapest locations to be found, wherever in the world that may be. The pandemic, however, has exposed the risk, like never before, of concentrating sources in one location—especially when it’s far away from a company’s headquarters and markets.

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The Origins of Category Management

Supply Chain View from the Field

I was fortunately enough to have a fascinating discussion with Steve Zimmer, who currently leads a team at US Car. I was involved in inventory control area on what they used to call “residual parts”, which were leftover parts that you ended up trying to sell into the service parts organization. They had all these computer systems to help analysts try to figure out what to do with it. But they didn’t know what to do about it at Ford.

Importing From China! The Essential Guide! (Video)

Supply Chain Game Changer

Blog post and video, and permission to publish, provided to by Simon Pleass, Managing Director at [link]. The most important factor is that due to the lower cost of materials and wages, China can manufacture goods for a far more reduced price. What’s more, due to their expertise in mass production Chinese manufacturers are able to deliver a level of speed and efficiency unmatched by any other nation. Learning How to Import from China.

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It’s Time to Welcome The Supply Chain CEO!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Argentus is a boutique recruitment firm focused on Supply Chain and Procurement. Anyone who’s been paying attention knows that Supply Chain Management has emerged from its status a back-office function to become a major strategic differentiator for business. An article in the Wall Street Journal called Supply Chain the hot new MBA , outlines how more and more future business leaders are also coming around to seeing the function as a career of the future.

5 Tips to Cut Hotel Supply Chain Costs


Start with these five important tips to reduce the cost of your hotel hospitality supplies. Situations can change from time to time. Don't be afraid to negotiate with your vendors, especially the vendors that you have long-standing relationships with. As long as you're professional and courteous, some negotiations are to be expected. Many vendors are more than willing to offer loyalty discounts in exchange for the knowledge that the relationship is going to continue.

Top 5 Trends to Know to Compete with Amazon’s Supply Chain


While supply chain entities struggle to stay competitive with the e-commerce giant, more organizations will look for ways to eliminate inefficiencies and boost operations. Top 5 Trends to Know to Compete with Amazon’s Supply Chain. However, new companies are being created and developed to fill the void. The robotics company, Starship, released a robot that delivers meals and groceries to people in Euro metro markets.

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Building the Business Case for Supply Chain Risk Management


Naturally, to take advantage of this opportunity, you will need a well-functioning supply chain, which you happen to have. That new market is kind of tricky and many companies like yours have failed to make it profitable. That’s when it all gets extremely complicated, but one thing remains crystal clear: supply chain risk management is profoundly important for businesses to grow and expand.

3 Steps to Addressing Product Quality Issues with Your International Suppliers


Chuck is a legend in our industry and is helping us figure out how to deal with product quality issues when dealing with international suppliers. How much money do you lose on each product shipment due to customer returns ? . How much time do you waste fixing defective goods to make them ready for distribution? It’s obvious to most of us in the fields of manufacturing, importing and Supply Chain Management the headaches that quality defects can bring. .

Carriers, You’re in the Information-Handling Business Too (Takeaways from McLeod Software User Conference 2015)

Talking Logistics

At the recent McLeod Software User Conference , however, I delivered a keynote address to over 1,000 attendees, and most of them were carriers and transportation service providers. For my keynote presentation, I was asked to give the carriers in the audience a perspective of how emerging trends and technologies will impact shippers in the years ahead, which will ultimately impact them too. How do you plan for the future of transportation?

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

Source: During the year, I go to a lot of conferences. In the process, I get to hear the views of many thought leaders. As I sit on the back row, I hear platitudes (A number of concepts positioned at a high level without clarity on how to execute). How do they buy from you? What are you trying to accomplish through the execution of a customer segmentation strategy? Why does it matter to you? How will the policy be executed?

Is Business ‘Transformation’ a Dirty Word?


Most companies do not truly want to transform. Even if they need it, even if they know it, most companies aren’t willing to do it, and fewer still know how. True, major transformations will undoubtedly involve some hardship and sacrifice, and most of us just don’t want to hear it. It may require naysayers and foot draggers to be convinced and cajoled, and they will require uncomfortable conversations.

The Humble Label in Supply Chain – Too many of them are in use!

Supply Chain Game Changer

We need to move away from labels! I retired from a multi-national supply chain management company to become a co-owner of a label manufacturing company, which was a real culture change for me. In the past discussions were held with a Director or Vice President of Supply Chain or Procurement or even the Chief Operations Officer about the design or re-design of the Supply Chain. In my new position, I get to meet the buyers or an executive in charge or procuring labels.

26 supply chain pros reveal the single most effective way to create a winning supply chain strategy

6 River Systems

To help you determine what tactics, processes, technologies and practices are a must-have in a winning supply chain strategy, we reached out to a panel of supply chain professionals and asked them to answer this question: “What’s the single most effective way to create a winning supply chain strategy?” “We see first hand how supply chains fail due to…” Poor business continuity practices.

It’s All About the Logistics

Enterra Insights

” It’s a lesson succeeding generations have had to learn. He was hired as a purchasing agent and was directed to obtain some procurement training at a local certificate mill.[1] In an earlier era, consumers were willing to search through mail order catalogs for merchandise, send in their order, and wait weeks to receive the product. Consumers are no longer willing to wait weeks. Two-day or same-day shipping is becoming the norm.

Experts Choice Of Top Online Logistics Resources


If you’re like me, staying up to date on supply chain news is critical. So I went straight to the source and asked consultants, trade reporters, Wall Street Journal reporters and others, what their go-to logistics and supply chain sources were. Click on the boxes to the left to get started! If it’s not in front of you, it’s not going to happen. is one of the industry’s most respected logistics sources.

Warehouse Cost Reductions: 3 Understandings Driven By Inventory Management & Lean Principles


This is the second part of my series on various ways to reduce overall costs as it relates to logistics and warehouse cost reductions. In the first part I put forth 6 areas of focus in order to reduce logistics costs. Today, I will now address how a focus on inventory will allow for warehouse cost reductions as well. If you need help, feel free to contact me or visit my website at Understand Data Integrity to Reduce Inventory Costs.

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Learning to Work with Machines That Learn What the Experts Know


It is no secret that future generations of managers are being asked to learn all about the different processes in the end-to-end supply chain, and be able to come together with others in a fast action plan when a disruption strikes. And people are often hesitant to bother these experts, or in many cases don’t know who they are, nor how to ask the right question that helps to access the specific gray matter between the ears of these experts for help with a specific problem!

Sustainable Logistics: Quantifying Sustainability Measures of Your Logistics


According to the American Trucking Association, in the USA trucks move 11 billion tons of freight each year; deliver 100 percent of all consumer products and 70 percent of all freight tonnage; and deliver to the 80 percent of U.S. The carbon footprint of trucking is a bit harder to quantify because of volume and inconsistency in how emissions are calculated for truckloads. LTL gets even trickier according to a report by C.H.

A Don’t Touch Supply Chain Strategy Must Now Dominate The Future!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. The overarching strategy for limiting exposure to, and spreading of, the Coronavirus is that of Social Distancing. We are all instructed to keep 6 feet apart from anyone, wear masks, and avoid any social gatherings and don’t touch. Truckers are still moving goods to points of consumption and essential services such as grocery stores are still in operation, providing the basic goods we all need to live.

It’s time to welcome the supply chain CEO


by Bill DuBois This guest post comes to us from Argentus Supply Chain Recruiting , a boutique recruitment firm specializing in Supply Chain Management. Anyone who’s been paying attention knows that Supply Chain Management has emerged from its status a back-office function to become a major strategic differentiator for business. Scott gives the examples of Apple CEO Tim Cook and GM’s Marry Barra as people who have risen through the Supply Chain function to lead their companies.

Supply Chain Operating Networks Create Supply Chain Rockstars

Talking Logistics

In a study conducted by Accenture in 2015 of chemical companies, results showed that 94 percent expect to boost their investment in digital capabilities in the next three years to embrace a competitive advantage. Businesses are demanding the features found in most business-to-consumer (B2C) technologies, which allows them to easily search for products, compare features, shop for bargains, watch product demonstrations, track shipments and manage returns.