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[INFOGRAPHICS] 4 Uses of Supply Chain Technology Applications Moving Shippers into the Future of Effective Management

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In today's highly competitive marketplace, it’s imperative for businesses to innovate new ways to streamline their supply chain and optimize productivity. Additionally, through a more stable and efficient supply chain, you can greatly enhance customer satisfaction and retention.

5 Key Supply Chain Technologies Needed to Go Omnichannel

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More companies are actively engaging with consumers in search of the ultimate omnichannel sales experience as the strength of online sales increase, reports Supply Chain Quarterly. Unlike traditional supply chains, omnichannel supply chains rely on the successful integration and application of data, process standardization and high-tech tools to ensure a seamless flow of information and products. Analytics to Uncover Issues in the Supply Chain.

Is Seamless OmniChannel Possible? How to Avoid Supply Chain Technology Hiccups

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Unfortunately, a lack of understanding in omnichannel supply chains has also led many companies to experience extreme issues in delivering on their promises. In addition, some may feel that growing into a seamless omnichannel sales strategy is impossible without supply chain technology hiccups, but that is not true. Identify Market Trends Omni-channel supply chains are built on having multiple touchpoints per order, ranging from online to brick-and-mortar sales.

These Advanced Supply Chain Technologies will Solidify the Digital Supply Chain in 2018

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The type and capabilities of supply chain technology is expanding, and technology will only grow more important in effective supply chain management in 2018. From the increased demand to data-driven decision-making through the industrial Internet of things (IIoT) to the use of cloud-based technologies, supply chain technology will advance light years in the coming months. Blockchain Technology Will Emerge in Greater Detail.

Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

A Blueprint For Supply Chain Transformation The Data First Approach Introduction Over the past few decades, supply chains have evolved from a sub-function. The businesses that optimized their supply chain operations to deliver on. supply chain is data.

5 Seismic Shifts in Supply Chain Technology!

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Lora Cecere is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the research firm Supply Chain Insights at [link]. Supply chain technology is changing rapidly as new, innovative solution providers leave traditional legacy players behind. In supply chain management technology there is a fault line separating new, innovative technology providers and traditional supply chain software providers, and the gap between them is growing.

The Benefits of Evolved Vendor Managed Inventory Model Led by Web-Based VMI

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Editor’s Note: Cerasis is a 3PL focused on transportation management. So why do we feature content related to Vendor Managed Inventory? In a VMI model, part of the equation is the inbound & outbound flow of the inventory. We never ran out of or had too much inventory.

Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency

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Controlling inventory flow is a top priority among warehouse managers, and gaining control over inventory drives warehouse efficiency. Controlling Inventory Flow Begins With Liquidate Nonessential Products. The first step to controlling inventory flow effectively is liquidation of all non-essential products, explains Paul Trujillo of Business2Community. This will help to prevent the reordering of slow-moving products and ensure optimum inventory levels.

Top 5 Ways Inventory Tracking Technology Is Evolving

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In fact, a recent survey of economic experts, reports Jeff Wacker of Retail TouchPoints, found up to 59 percent of retailers are making plans to invest in technology, which includes inventory tracking technology. Technology Must Function Seamlessly Across Multiple Channels.

Visibility in Transportation Management Leads to Supply Chain Excellence

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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.

WMS and eCommerce: How to Use Supply Chain Technology to a Competitive Advantage

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The application of supply chain technology is essential to maintaining a competitive advantage in the height of eCommerce growth. Warehouse Managers need to understand the challenges of maintaining a competitive advantage, how technology can help, and a few best practices in leveraging technology. The Amazon Effect: How the Retail Giant Has Shaken Up the Supply Chain and What Supply Chains Can Do to Keep Up.

The Answer Isn’t More Truck Drivers – It’s More Information

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Rather than harping on needing more trucks and drivers, a new approach needs to be taken to determine a solution for the existing problems; the industry needs better information to better utilize existing trucks and drivers. It’s not a driver problem…it’s an information problem.

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Don’t Take a Holiday from Inventory Management

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The Importance of Inventory Management. When it comes to inventory management, new trends are demonstrating that less is more. Having less inventory on-hand increases liquidation, allowing for a more agile response to shifting consumer trends. Companies that have too much inventory on-hand right now are struggling to clear out space ahead of the season, slashing prices and concerning stakeholders as profit margins creep downward.

The Most Reliable Supply Chain…Without Technology?

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Of course, we live in a high technology powered supply chain world, but often, as we noted in our 5 Upfront LTL Tips post, if you don’t remember the basics and best practices, no technology is going to fix those issues, but only make them more apparent.

Supply Chain Visibility: Beyond “Where’s My Truck?”

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I’ve been an industry analyst for over 20 years and achieving timely and accurate supply chain visibility has always been — and continues to be — a top priority for companies across all industries. The Maturing of the Supply Chain.

How An ERP System Can Increase Your Supply Chain Productivity

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Maintaining an efficient and productive supply chain is the backbone of any successful business, and ensuring that your supply chain is well-managed and cost-effective is of vital importance. Teams that can make informed decisions independently?

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What Drives an Investment in a Warehouse Management System? 5 Considerations for Your Selection

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Transportation costs make up 60 percent of overall logistics expenses for all shippers and 3PLs. For these companies, the use of a dedicated transportation management system, such as Cerasis™ Rater , can be deployed to lower transportation costs across the entire supply chain.

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4 Benefits of the Use of Bluetooth Technologies in Logistics

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Bluetooth technologies seem to predate the use of the Internet of things (IoT) in society. However, Bluetooth technologies are creating a subset of the IoT, expanding its benefits and use among shipping and logistics providers. Benefits of Using Bluetooth Technologies.

Closing the Gaps in Supply Chain Visibility

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You may have very good visibility in some areas of your supply chain, but have poor visibility or blind spots in other areas such as transportation. How are new technology capabilities helping in this effort? Supply Chain Visibility Gaps. John noted that the complexity of supply chain operations is a key factor, especially now that more companies must deal with international shipments such as ocean freight.

Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

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As reported last month by Jennifer Smith in the Wall Street Journal , “A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory.

This Week in Logistics News (October 17-21, 2016)

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Moving on, here’s this week’s supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention: IBM, Walmart, university to put Chinese food products on blockchain (Reuters). Acquires IDS Transportation Services, LLC. How was the JDRF Death Valley Ride ?

The 5 Top Benefits of a Warehouse Management System

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The days of managing inventory in warehouses with pen and paper have disappeared. In their place, warehouse management systems have risen to make managing inventory easier, and these systems provide tremendous benefits, explains Rick Register of Inbound Logistics.

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Embracing the South American Ecommerce Marketplace

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Online retailers in South America have been struggling for years to overcome several obstacles to success, including extensive customs delays, poor transportation infrastructure, and the lack of end-to-end supply chain visibility. End-to-end supply chain visibility.

4 Key Trends to Watch in Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain

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Industrial IoT and big data are converging to enable demand-driven 'smart supply chains.' The advancements in 3D printing and 'Additive Manufacturing,' coupled with supply chain efficiencies, could make distributed manufacturing a reality, ushering in the era of smart manufacturing.

3 Core Metrics & 10 Soft Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance

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The average Supply Chain management professional measures their Supply Chain by reviewing cost reduction. Is cost reduction all that there is in measuring Supply Chain performance? 3 Key Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance Beyond Cost Reduction.

This Week in Logistics News (October 23-27, 2017)

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Moving on, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Introducing Amazon Key, a New Level of Delivery Convenience for Prime Members. Kuebix Announces the First Free Multimodal Transportation Management System (TMS).

How Slotting Optimization Technology Fosters Strategic Improvement for Distribution Centers

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So, distribution center managers who leverage strategic slotting optimization technology could cut picking costs by up to 50 percent. However, the true benefits of slotting optimization technology go back to the development of strategic improvements in distribution centers in these key ways.

This Week in Logistics News (May 7-11, 2018)

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My wife often jokes that she is the VP of Supply Chain and Logistics in our family. Moving on, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Uber teams with NASA to make flying cars a reality (CNN). Uber Technologies Inc.

The Digital Transformation Journey: The Alignment of Industry, Company, and Technology

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Inventory stockpiling is starting to occur based on prices and supply/demand curves. Companies looking to contain logistics costs have to use creative solutions, like digital technologies to overcome price increases and capacity shortages.

A Brief History of WMS in the Supply Chain

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The development and history of warehouse management systems (WMSs) have had a profound impact on how the supply chain functions. As the world moved forward, the basic concept of managing warehouse inventory did not change much. The 19 th Century: The Railroad Becomes a Major Player in Transporting Goods. During the 19 th century, the use of railroads to transport goods long distances had increased. Supply Chain Technology Warehouse history of wms

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IoT Speeds Over-the-Road Shipment Tracking

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If you’re a global supply chain executive, you’ve got a challenging job. According to a 2017 Michigan State University Supply Chain Management study , “supply chain and product complexity possess a number of sources that vex supply chain operations…customer accommodation is the first,” including the demand for speed and visibility into shipments. Data is the fuel that powers the modern supply chain.

Software is Not Enough: SAP and Descartes Partner on TMS Connectivity

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That is one of the most important, yet often overlooked, questions shippers should ask before implementing a Transportation Management System — specifically if they’re implementing a traditional, behind-the-firewall solution. Where to Find Supply Chain Innovation (Source: Adelante SCM).

3 Uses of IoT Tech Spurring Sustainability in Supply Chains

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The Internet has already transformed the way individuals interact, make choices, and process information. IoT Tech is Driving Sustainability in the Supply Chain. The transportation of goods is one of the greatest contributors to worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.

Technology’s Ever-increasing Role in Supply Chain Functions

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For decades, the realm of transportation management , warehouse management, and order fulfillment remained set in near-prehistoric hands of isolated silos, inefficient processes, and limited accessibility. However, technology has risen to dramatically alter the execution of supply chain functions. In a Logistics Viewpoint survey , 50 percent of businesses reported sharing inventory across all channels or engaging in omni-channel practices.

5 Big Benefits of Cloud-Based Supply Chain Management

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New technology can seem appealing until the process of incorporating it into existing methods becomes overwhelming and stressful. For the supply chain of a business, there is no room for error even when performing the initial steps, and other fears can further scare away potential users. Fortunately, using a Cloud-based supply chain management systems integrator is much easier and far more advantageous than seems plausible at first.

Supply Chain Analytics: A Continued & Renewed Focus on Using Data for Improvement

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The digital business landscape for a shipper, such as the use of an ERP, TMS, and other digital aspects, such as The Internet of Things , provides unparalleled insight into how an organization in the supply chain can improve efficiency, visibility, and productivity.

Wearable Technology in the Supply Chain: 3 Core Benefits

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Well, this example shows how wearable technology in the supply chain was being used 3 and a half years ago in 2012. What’s Happening with Wearable Technology in the Supply Chain? The benefits of the cloud in the supply chain are clear.