IoT Benefits for Supply Chain Operations

Enterra Insights

Many experts believe the Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to revolutionize supply chain operations. Steven Manifold, Chief Marketing Officer at Ubisense, believes the revolution has also been slowed by a lack of understanding on the part of supply chain professionals.

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


Sure, supply chain cost reduction is important in reducing the cost of goods sold (COGS) and increasing profit, but there are other measurements which should not be forgotten. 3 Key Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance Beyond Cost Reduction. If cost reduction is not the only thing to measuring supply chain performance, that begs the questions: "Maybe we should be measuring other Supply Chain Management activities and what would they be?".


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Fine-Tune Your Supply Chain By Looking at Amazon


Does that mean to compete today, you need planes, trucks, ships and a global network of distribution centers? Often overlooked is that behind all of Amazon’s fleet assets run the best technology tools to manage schedules, performance, costs and customer satisfaction. In-transit visibility software-as-a-service provides accurate, live streaming data on the location and condition of cargo in motion.

SCRC Meeting: Advanced Auto Parts is investing in Advanced Analytics to drive competition


Todd Greener, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at Advanced Auto Parts, led off the discussion (after I provided an overview of what was happening in the digital space). They are also keenly aware of the move towards autonomous vehicles. With the merger between AAP, Carquest, and WorldPac, there is now a long-term strategy to win, and supply chain growth is a big part of connecting assets and presenting products to the customer is a big part of the strategy.

Best Practice: Creating a Governance Mechanism for Analytical Learning in Organizations


Recognizing the importance of having the right mix of data scientists and SMEs, the company has established a supply chain information and analytics organization composed of data scientists, operations research, and statistics PhDs to work on problems they are directed to from the business. All of these groups (supply chain IT, systems, supply chain analytics, planning and logistics analytics) participate in the Supply Chain Director’s Council.

The Impact of Digital Connectedness – Is Your Supply Chain Ready for the Complexity?


The report estimates that the digital connection between billions of customers and products will drive trillions of transactions. A few takeaways to consider as you explore how this level of digital connectedness will impact your supply chain and your response to the Internet of Things (IoT): The simplicity/complexity paradox. As the adoption of IoT increases, the type and amount of information shared across nodes will grow dramatically.

Data and Digitization in Manufacturing

Enterra Insights

Manufacturing has been the lifeblood of the global economy for hundreds of years. Susan Helper, the Carlton Professor of Economics at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, along with Timothy Krueger, a Research Assistant at Policy Matters Ohio, and Howard Wial, a former Brookings analyst, insist manufacturing still matters — even for nations with advanced service economies, like the U.S. The world of manufacturing is complex.

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6 Tips to Reduce Total Logistics Cost Using Freight Data & Analytics

Intelligent Audit

And it mandates the use of machine learning as part of business intelligence. According to Supply Chain Game Changer : “A subset of machine learning where algorithms are created and function similar to those in machine learning. than measuring what’s happened.

Manufacturers, Technology, and the Digital Age

Enterra Insights

Manufacturers have historically found themselves at the cutting edge of technological advances. During a fall meeting of the Manufacturers’ Council of the Inland Empire, Gregg Profozich, Director of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies at California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), told participants, “Technology is key to survival of manufacturers.”[1] Profozich described some of the changes currently taking place.

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


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. Through the use of connected devices and greater abilities to capture data in real time, the concept of end-to-end visibility and improvement thru the use of supply chain analytics has changed.

Technology and the Changing Nature of Logistics

Enterra Insights

Supply chain operations are complex — encompassing a broad array of processes and operations. The staff at Interlake Mecalux defines supply chain operations this way: “The supply chain encompasses the planning, execution, and control of all the activities related to material and information flows. It spans the purchase of raw materials to the final delivery of the merchandise to the customer, including the intermediate processing of the goods.

Tips For Increasing Trucking Company Profit Margins With Technology


For many managers at any carrier or trucking company today, profit margins are their most important metric. Logistics platforms and processes generally used within trucking company networks are in serious need of a modern upgrade. Take Advantage of Digital Load Matching Platforms.

The 10 inventory management trends to watch for in 2022


2021 has been a tumultuous year, marking a transition period from the chaos of 2020 through to the beginning of the post-Covid-19 recovery. Best practice inventory management – and the wider world of supply chain management – has played a big part in business survival through 2021.

Preparing Skills for the Future of Supply Chain Management


by Bob Ferrari The following guest blog commentary is contributed by Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor of the Supply Chain Matters blog and Managing Director of the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group LLC. My topic was: Positioning Your Skills for the Future Needs of Supply Chain Management , and in this 21 st Century Supply Chain guest blog, I wanted to share some of my key messages to this audience as well, since this is a topic frequently brought up.

Supply Chain Digital Transformation 101: 8 Ways to Transform Your Supply Chain


Walmart founder, Sam Walton, once famously said, “Many of our best opportunities were created out of necessity.”. Digital supply chain transformation refers to the overhaul of a traditional supply chain management process into one that is technology-enabled.

Throwing Down the Gauntlet

Supply Chain Shaman

“The idea of the value chain is based on the process view of organizations, the idea of seeing a manufacturing (or service) organisation as a system, made up of subsystems each with inputs, transformation processes and outputs. Inputs, transformation processes, and outputs involve the acquisition and consumption of resources – money, labour, materials, equipment, buildings, land, administration and management. This is a group of leaders.

Why Transportation Optimization Must Include Technology & Solutions

Intelligent Audit

However, the efficacy of optimization, guided by business intelligence is only effective if you have quality data history and validity that provide actionable insights. Companies who ship multiple modes and at a large volume need to consider where the data comes from and how it’s used.

Last Mile Technology: How Technology & Transportation Management Aid in Efficient Execution of the Last Mile


These questions reflect why technology and effective transportation management, including the use of a transportation management system (TMS) and the Internet of Things (IoT), is key to the efficient execution of last mile delivery and service. The use of a TMS can benefit entire supply chains. The days of using technology solely for shipping within the last mile from a centralized factory or distribution center are ended.

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


Fortunately, these five trends may alleviate some of the strains of competition by giving supply chain partners an advantage in the global market. Amazon’s purchase of Kiva Robots changed the landscape of robotics in the supply chain. Meanwhile, Lowe’s has created the LoweBot , which boosts customer service, explains Dan Gilmore of Supply Chain Digest. Furthermore, the speed of operation of robots will increase more than 30 percent by the end of 2017.

Is Your Supply Chain A Cost Centre or a Value Creator?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out Brand Protection – The Definitive Role of the Supply Chain! These responsibilities are at the core of making your company run. And how do you increase the value of Supply Chain in the eyes of your Executives and other functions? Whatever your Industry you should be able to make comparisons to competitors, do benchmarking, and even compare yourself on key metrics across industries. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Speed Delivery with a Better Warehouse Management System (WMS)

Veridian Solutions

However, unique customer demands continue to increase, and a failure to plan for stronger demand will not excuse any issue, especially failures in the systems of record. Supply chain leaders need to understand how failures in the warehouse management system (WMS) could lead to poor experiences, how it affects efficiency, and a few best practices to increase the speed of fulfillment and delivery through peak season and beyond.

Connect Big Data with Predictive Analytics for Increased Visibility and Control Over Global Supply Chains

Supply Chain Network

The age of digital transformation is now fully upon us and from a business perspective one of the most active areas of change, impact and opportunity is in supply chain management. With maritime transport growing at an average rate of over 8.5 percent per year, over 90% of the world’s trade is carried by sea for a total of 23 million tonnes of cargo traveling by ship every day.

Outsourcing Logistics: Does It Make Sense for Everyone?


The benefits of outsourcing logistics processes to a third-party logistics provider (3PL) are well documented. As the world’s economy has become increasingly complex, it has become impossible for a single entity to control all of the warehousing, transportation and administrative tasks that come with shipping and managing inventory. For this reason, more companies are turning to 3PLs to help with cost reductions and overall management of supply chain processes.

Digital Inventory Management Key Battleground in Transformation of Brick-and-Mortar Retail

Veridian Solutions

Although e-commerce represents 10 percent of total retail sales, it has had an interesting effect. Brick-and-Mortar Retail Is Often Left Behind in the Digital Inventory Management Conversation As explained by William Terdoslavich of DMN News , customers expect instant gratification when purchasing products in-store, and the same feeling exists when making an online purchase. That’s two entirely different things. Ease of use and training requirements.

Supply Chain Visibility and the Bottom-line


Rick Morris, a Certified Supply Chain Professional wrote in Supply House Times that while improving fill rates, improved forecast accuracy also lowers inventory levels measured in days of sales; and simultaneously , improved forecast accuracy improves fill rates and lowers inventory. These improvements in inventory efficiencies then translate into improved financial metrics, including 10% improvement in earnings per share; 5% increase in return on assets; and a 2.5%

Smart Mobility Driving Greater Visibility in the Transportation and Logistics Sector


Greater visibility into metrics such as travel time can pay dividends in warehouse settings. Emerging connected technologies, ranging from Internet of Things sensors to IP-enabled vehicles and fleet tracking systems, are coming together to transform the entire transportation industry.

Will Arrogance Stunt your Growth?

Supply Chain Shaman

Last week in the middle of a presentation, a supply chain leader made the statement, “We have solved the issues in supply through better optimization and use of data. It never occurred to this supply chain leader that there is no place to put “new forms” of demand data into today’s supply-centric enterprise architectures. After two years of studying corporate balance sheets and talking to supply chain leaders, I now see things quite differently.

Understanding Retail Supply Chain Management – Moving To The Next Normal


84% of consumers say that they are unlikely to shop with a brand again if they receive a poor delivery experience and 98.1% of shoppers say that delivery experience greatly affects their brand loyalty. The many woes of retail supply chain management. Work with a team of leaders.

Understanding Retail Supply Chain Management – Moving To The Next Normal


84% of consumers say that they are unlikely to shop with a brand again if they receive a poor delivery experience and 98.1% of shoppers say that delivery experience greatly affects their brand loyalty. The many woes of retail supply chain management.

A Guide To Retail Supply Chain Management- Moving To New Normal


84% of consumers say that they are unlikely to shop with a brand again if they receive a poor delivery experience and 98.1% of shoppers say that delivery experience greatly affects their brand loyalty. The many woes of retail supply chain management. Work with a team of leaders.

Supply Chain Visibility Technologies: What’s Driving Retailers to Implement More?

Veridian Solutions

An entire array of supply chain visibility technologies, ranging from the Internet of Things (IoT) to big data analytics, empower supply chain leaders to make informed decisions. Supply chain leaders need to understand the challenges driving the adoption of such technologies, their benefits, and a few tips for implementation. Supply chain visibility technologies increase the level of oversight and accuracy within the supply chain.

The Global Supply Chain is Evolving – Are you ready?


The global supply chain is evolving every day, adding complexity to the roles of shippers and their third-party logistics providers (3PLs). Companies that manufacture and distribute goods are relying more and more on the agility of their 3PL partners to provide the appropriate services to keep their supply chain efficient and their customers happy. Instead of fighting this change 3PL’s must embrace this in their business services. Advanced Analytics / Metrics.

Is A Customer-Centric Strategy the Same as Demand-Driven? Outside-In?

Supply Chain Shaman

I cradled my cup of tea in my hand. Most of the concepts were new to the team; and while the group had discussed many of the ideas at a high level, they had not been able to take the conceptual ideas into implementation. I asked the group to think of demand-driven concepts as the enabler of customer-centric strategies. As we discussed the progression to outside-in, this raised the question of, “What is an outside-in process?”

50 Most Read Articles of All Time in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight


Since today is the last day of the year before we all get ramped up towards a productive 2016 and after finishing out top 10 most read articles in each of our five main categories ( Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , Transportation , & Freight ) we wanted to give you all a treat and list the top 50 most read articles of all time from the Cerasis blog. 50 Most Read Articles of All Time From the Cerasis Blog. What are The Elements of a SWOT Analysis?

Top 25 Supply Chains of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

Our look at the Top 25 (plus 4) Supply Chains of 2018 examines how the best companies in the world excel at managing their global supply chains. One of the most popular articles we’ve ever done is our look at analyst group Gartner’s annual ranking of the Top 25 Supply Chains. So the CSR score too is more of a popularity contest than a consistent metric. At the end of the slideshow, you’ll also find links to our analyses of previous years’ rankings.