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Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

When I moved into industry, and the real world, I managed engineering teams. 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. Much to my chagrin, when I entered into the world of supply chain, the processes of source, make and deliver were usually not designed.

Use of Blockchain in Supply Chain & Logistics: Looking to Examples Across Industries for Better Understanding

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The days of managing supply chains through databases and changing information are over. Although blockchain is often related closely to cryptocurrency, it holds great value for use in supply chain management. Use of Blockchain in Supply Chain and Logistics Will Put Certain Departments at Risk As explained by Connor DiGregorio of Industry Week , blockchain technology carries a degree of risk for traditional supply chain departments.

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Make Freight Sourcing More Efficient!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Freight sourcing team article and permission to publish here provided by Katharine Barrios at xeneta.com. Freight sourcing and procurement is a critical component of the whole supply chain and is crucial to the success of the business. In order to achieve maximum efficiency in freight sourcing and procurement, you need a strong team to handle the requirements. Freight Shipping Intelligence.

Research in Focus: Sourcing Trends and Concerns

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: Our “ Research in Focus ” series highlights research conducted by select partners on timely and important trends impacting supply chain and logistics professionals today. Below is an excerpt from a report published recently by Amber Road and the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) titled “ The Trade Trends Report: 2017 Report on Sourcing, Trade, and e-commerce.” Sourcing decisions can complicate or simplify this process.

Transforming the GCC Chemical Industry with Supply Chain Integration – LogiSYM September 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

The GCC chemical industry is second largest manufacturing industry in value add, after refining. 2017 Facts and Figures report by Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the chemical industry accounts for 3.1 Following COVID-19 the global chemical supply chain market reported a severe decline in output. Overcoming these challenges, regional chemical manufacturers and suppliers are now forced to rethink and readjust their global supply chain model.

How IoT connectivity can strengthen the world’s supply chains

CH Robinson Transportfolio

This year, supply chains have been under more spotlight and pressure than ever. Managing a global supply chain is complex on its own, without the added challenges from a global disruption like the COVID-19 pandemic. The case for IoT in supply chains.

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Supply Chain Diagnostic: A Four-Step Process

Supply Chain Shaman

Time For A Supply Chain Check-Up? When a company contacts me to help them with their supply chain, the pain is usually a gap in customer service. They tend to have many pretty PowerPoint slide decks–full of acronyms, pretty pictures and E2E commitments–but they lack a common definition of supply chain excellence. To complete a supply chain diagnostic, I take these four steps: Step One. Understand Industry Performance.

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

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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.

A Different Solution to the Supply Chain Talent Shortage

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“78% of respondents to Gartner’s most recent Chief Supply Chain Officer Survey identify talent as the No. 1 long-term supply chain risk”. There is a lot of documented evidence of a shortage in supply chain talent. John Kern, senior vice president of supply chain operations at Cisco Systems says that as companies look for the skills to build complex global supply chains, the industry “is undergoing one of the most massive talent shifts we have ever seen,”.

Does supply chain’s image need to catch up with the times?

Kinaxis

by Bill DuBois This guest post comes to us from Argentus Supply Chain Recruiting , a boutique recruitment firm specializing in Supply Chain Management. It’s our perpetual hobby horse here at Argentus that Supply Chain needs to be doing more as a field to attract young people. And the industry has started to pick up the slack. We get it: there needs to be some kind of imagery to associate with an industry or function.

Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

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 ). Making supply chain and logistics predictions is like throwing darts at a moving target.

Current State of International Transportation Industry – LogiSYM October/November 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

Doing so significantly reduces physical paperwork, as well as the number of manual touchpoints in any supply chain resulting. This problem statement is exacerbated when supply chains are long and complex, with further fragmentation through disconnected legacy systems.

The Logistics & Supply Chain of Thanksgiving

Cerasis

per pound for turkey might seem like an expense, but that cost and bird reflects more about the supply chain’s functions than you realize. More grocers operating mean the supply. chain must be able to send them around the country effortlessly, creating an ongoing supply chain devoted solely to getting the turkey from farm to table. Logistics Supply ChainThe turkey is out of the oven. Rolls are on the table.

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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 Logistics Newsletter to receive regular industry updates . The post Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain appeared first on Kewill Corporate.

Private Blockchains Could Hurt the Shipping and Logistics Industry

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Some companies are even hopping on the “blockchain bandwagon” without considering whether it’s actually useful in their industry. In the shipping and logistics industry, enterprises are already beginning to realize that private blockchains are simply not the solution they’ve been sold. To truly achieve the trust, security, and uniformity that blockchain promises, we have to adopt public chains. Public blockchains can provide uniformity across the entire industry.

Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

To drive global scale, companies need to design the supply chain to buy globally and execute locally. The design of the supply chain is fundamental to making this happen. In our interview of the Supply Chains to Admire Winners, we found a unique approach at Carter’s. Shipping approximately 400 million selling units consisting of 700 million manufactured units per year, Carter’s employs about 4,000 employees at its peak. Supply Chain Index.

Amazon supply chain management pushes retail to the limit

Kinaxis

When it comes to supply chain excellence, particularly in the retail sector, there is one behemoth dominating the landscape: Amazon. Amazon supply chain management is driving innovation and change at a pace that’s putting the pressure on other businesses to find a way to keep up, or fold. It has leased 20 Boeing 767 aircraft to shuttle goods around the US, and helped ship at least 150 cargo containers from China since October 2016.

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Time to Rethink Sourcing Rare Earth Elements

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Strategic National Stockpiles and Sourcing for the National Interest! With the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, and the resulting supply chain fallout , many have speculated on how the U.S. The Covid19 global pandemic has cruelly exposed the utter dependence of the US and the world on China’s mass manufacturing capability and supply of critical medical equipment and materials. sourcing #rareearthelements.

Touchless Fulfillment and Shipping!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. A Don’t Touch Supply Chain Strategy Must Now Dominate The Future! Touchless fulfillment and shipping article, and permission to publish here, provided by Jenis Sheth. Touchless Fulfillment and Shipping (New Normal).

The rise of IoT in supply chain planning

Kinaxis

With the number of connected devices estimated to surpass six billion next year and more than 20 billion by 2020, the steady stream of data these devices are providing can easily crowd and clog your supply chain planning processes if you’re not prepared. Gartner Research Director Andrew Downard addressed the issue during his presentation at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference by outlining three macro trends affecting supply chain planning , chief among them IoT.

Why Blockchain Within The Supply Chain Makes Perfect Sense

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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.

Building the Business Case for Supply Chain Risk Management

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Naturally, to take advantage of this opportunity, you will need a well-functioning supply chain, which you happen to have. Do you think that your supply chain management is good enough for this market? 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. Without a doubt, managing supply chain is nothing but easy.

3D Printing Changes the Supply Chain

Kinaxis

3D printing has gone from a novelty to a serious industry, a predicted $16 billion industry by 2018 according to Canalys as stated in another article from the Guardian. This also introduces a whole new issue to supply chain and the manufacturing process–protection of intellectual property (IP), in the form of the digital files being sent to 3D printers. Printers can be a vast source of digital information based on the memory they possess.

Information Sharing Communities for Digitally Enabled Supply Chain Visibility – LogiSYM October/November 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

Supply chain operations can be complex. These supply chain operations are pursued in an environment that can be characterised as a self-organising ecosystem. Supply chain visibility is needed to realise improved outcomes for society and the environment.

Why Hasn’t the Music Industry Supply Chain Responded to the Vinyl Resurgence?

Kinaxis

by Kevin McGowan If you read any of the articles about the “vinyl resurgence” in the music industry, it’s easy to understand why record companies, artists, and fans are getting so excited. However, one thing that we need to really think about is this: If people want to buy LPs, what is the established supply chain to get the LPs produced, packaged, and shipped to these listeners? The vinyl resurgence surprised many, and the industry has been slow to react in many ways.

Supply Chain Risk Management: Could You Face a Category 4 Supply Chain Disaster?

Kinaxis

states, obvious disruptions to supply chains and supply chain risk management were a given. Many of the states affected contained key ports and supply destinations, as well as transportation and logistics hubs. of east coast and Gulf of Mexico imports in September, according to an article from the Business Information Industry Association. They would be handling maybe twice as many ships in a typical set of days. Supply chain risk management

7 Use Cases for Hyperledger in Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

I think defining the future of Supply Chain technology means that we, as supply chain leaders, need to take a hard left. Today’s supply chains use closed and proprietary technologies. I believe we need to move to Open Source tech. There are dark holes in the supply chain which I believe will not be closed with the current approaches. The Hyperledger project is an Open Source blockchain platform. Supply Chain Finance.

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The Next Great Disruption Coming to Supply Chains

Kinaxis

by CJ Wehlage What would you say is the next great disruption coming to our supply chain world? However, there’s one great disruption already occurring, which has yet to truly “touch” supply chain. As a supply chain practitioner, do you notice something missing? Where is the supply chain nodes? Supply Chains have primarily stayed on the outside of this challenge. What if the next great supply chain disruption was….

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

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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. This is especially relevant for high-tech industry manufacturers who must fight to keep their head above water as new competition floods the marketplace and long-time competitors diversify their product lines in an attempt to remain relevant.

Podcast: Rob O’Byrne on Digital Transformation, Sustainability, and Diversification in Sourcing

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Supply chain and logistics consultant, educator, and podcast host Rob O’Byrne has over 40 years of supply chain experience. He has been helping companies design more profitable supply chains for over 25 years, most of them as founder and CEO of Logistics Bureau.

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. End-to-end supply chain visibility is a key to becoming a demand-driven enterprise.

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.

VTech: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Financial balance sheet improvements cannot be driven by traditional supply chain processes. In the words of a supply chain leader yesterday, “Lora, please give me stories of success. I will write the case studies here, and share the dialogue with the supply chain leaders in our podcast series, Straight Talk with Supply Chain Insights. When I first met Nick, he was driving a supply chain transformation at VTech Communications.

Effectively Manage Foodservice Supply Chains During Disruptions

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Even as doors start to reopen, it’s still unclear what the future holds for the restaurant industry. Improving supply chain processes can be a strategic way to free up time to focus on the most important aspect of the restaurant business—happy customers.

Supply chain planning in the digital age

Kinaxis

by Melissa Clow Recently, Madhav Durbha, Vice President of Industry Strategy at Kinaxis was interviewed by SupplyChainBrain on supply chain planning in the digital age. I wanted to share their fascinating conversation with our readers – check out the video interview and transcript below: Supply chain planning in the digital age. How are supply chains becoming more complex? The data sources and the types of data are exploding, if you look at it.