Are You Active in the Digital Transformation Drinking Game?

Supply Chain Shaman

The storyline of the event goes like this: Do you have the business problem of complexity, personalization, and globalization requiring faster time to market? SAP S4/HANA delivers on the goal of digital transformation. Market-driven is a more mature definition of demand-driven.

Out of Africa

Supply Chain Shaman

Supply chain talent is primarily coming from North America and Europe, but these are the continents that represent the lowest levels of growth for supply chain 2020 (see figure 1). There are few global conferences that can boast this level of attendance.

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Reflections on Hard Hats and Safety Shoes…

Supply Chain Shaman

As I work with teams to envision the new tomorrow, I find fewer people know the basic concepts of manufacturing planning–cycle inventories, freeze duration, slush period, bottlenecks and constraints. As a result, it is more difficult for the teams to see the swirl of opportunities that are on our horizon. Instead, many of these teams just accept manufacturing strategy as a constant. Many of the partners in the room work on service part supply chains.

The Smart Factory, Industrie 4.0, and Supply Chain Optimization

Logistics Viewpoints

In North America, the Internet of Things (IoT) is getting a great deal of attention. In one definition of the term “Internet of Things,” almost all objects have sensors, connectivity to a broader environment, and intelligence.

4 Use Cases of the IoT in Retail: Operations Transformed for Greater Efficiency and Profitability


The Internet of Things (IoT) is all around us. This information is continually being applied to enhance your life, but the applications of the IoT in retail and manufacturing does much more than managing the tasks of one person. Internet of Things

Dissecting the Headwinds and Tailwinds of Digital Transformation

Supply Chain Shaman

Headwinds: A force of resistance. When I travel from company to company and discuss the future of business processes, the term “digital” is ubiquitous. I liken it to the ecommerce frenzy of 2001. for the more advanced economies in Europe and the North America.

State of Logistics Outsourcing: Plenty of Room for Growth as Shipper Dissatisfaction & Technology Expectations Increase


The year on year increase in customer dissatisfaction of logistics outsourcing has pushed many players into a defensive corner. The costs of logistics and inventory are decreasing, contract renewal rate for logistics outsourcing remains good, and the emergence of cutting-edge technologies like 3D printing, drone delivery and augmented reality is opening up a wide vista of opportunities. The coming few years are likely to be decisive for the future of 3PL.

How a digital transformation can maximize the value of your meat supply chain


While advanced innovations and developments like the Internet of Things (IoT) reach each industry and change the way we work together, the requirement for business transformation is rising. Sharing of data across the chain is minimal, if non-existent.

Has Driverless Supply Chain Planning Already Arrived?


There has been a lot of news about driverless cars, and at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit there was also some news about “driverless” supply chain planning when two companies described supply chain planning with almost no human intervention. There is a flurry of similar activity.

Real-Time Monitoring Fuels IoT Growth In Manufacturing


72% of manufacturers say real-time monitoring is essential for streamlining and making inventory reconciliation more efficient. Manufacturers are prioritizing real-time monitoring to attain the goals of increasing product quality, reducing time-to-market and attaining faster revenue growth.

Friends with Fitbits: Fitness tracking and taking supply chain planning to the next level


Our parent company, Dassault Systèmes, places great emphasis on the health and wellbeing of its 14,000+ employees. As one of its many programs, it initiated the “2015 Going the Distance Challenge” here in North America. We took the stairs instead of the elevator.

Managing Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) For Future Growth


Bottom Line: It’s time to transition the role of warehouses from cost centers to revenue centers that support new digitally enabled supply chains and business models that require greater accuracy, speed, and scale than ever before.

My Take: The Role of Anaplan in Defining the Art of the Possible in Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

“…the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best” ? Keeping with my normal Sunday night ritual, I poured myself a cup of tea to pen my weekly post for the Supply Chain Shaman. The length of time is hard to believe.

The Bad News and the Really Bad News for Retailers Fighting

Supply Chain Nation

This week: Amazon is taking over the retail industry, digital shopping habits are hurting brick-and-mortar stores, Walmart may have created the endless shopping aisle, virtual robots will be the next wave of technology to permeate the fashion and retail markets, and the relationship between shippers and logistics service providers (LSPs) continues to improve. Revenue for Amazon’s North America segment—the bulk of its retail business—was $79.8

International Sales Will Continue to Grow Say SMEs

Material Handling & Logistics

They forecast that revenue derived from exports will increase by more than 50% over the next five years, up from only 18% who projected this level of increase in 2017. The third annual survey of over 500 domestically-based companies selling outside of the U.S.

Friends with Fitbits: Fitness Tracking and Taking Supply Chain Planning to the Next Level

Talking Logistics

Our parent company, Dassault Systèmes, places great emphasis on the health and wellbeing of its 14,000+ employees. As one of its many programs, it initiated the “2015 Going the Distance Challenge” here in North America. We took the stairs instead of the elevator.

Spotlight on PROMAT 2019: USA trends in DC Equipment and Digital Consciousness

Logistics Bureau

This article, written by Mal Walker , Manager at Logistics Bureau, in the March/April 2019 issue of MHD Supply Chain Solutions. Promat is North America’s largest materials handling equipment and systems exhibition, featuring over 950 exhibitors and 150 educational seminars.

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Disruptive Times Require Adaptive Supply Chains

Enterra Insights

Kristi Montgomery, a Vice President at Kenco Innovation Labs, explains, “The rapid pace of technological advancement and adoption means that innovation is taking place all around us, from the way we communicate to how we get around cities — even to how we shop for groceries. ”[1] Scott Deutsch, President of Ehrhardt + Partner, North America, adds, “Technology is driving changes in consumer behaviors that are undeniable. The future of the supply chain.

26 warehouse pros reveal the most important factors to consider when moving to an automated warehouse

6 River Systems

The world of logistics is increasingly driven by technology , with artificial intelligence, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and automation among the biggest logistics trends today. ” Meet Our Panel of Warehouse Pros: Alexandra Zelenko.

How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Shaman

Connectivity enabled the growth of the global supply chain opening up markets driving opportunity. The combination of technology along with the advancements in transportation made it possible. The greatest gaps are at the intersection of business process and analytics.

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International Sales Will Continue to Grow Says SMEs

Material Handling & Logistics

They forecast that revenue derived from exports will increase by more than 50% over the next five years, up from only 18% who projected this level of increase in 2017. The third annual survey of over 500 domestically-based companies selling outside of the U.S.

Takeaways From Gartner’s Top 25 Supply Chain Rankings 2017


With an ever increasing focus on innovation and efficiency in the supply chain, Gartner’s Top 25 Supply Chain Rankings 2017 threw up a host of interesting takeaways. Notable Mentions A number of companies such as Unilever and other big FMCG chains are regulars on this list.

Experts Reveal Top Transportation Trends to Watch

Supply Chain Opz

James Winebrake, Dean of College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology There are a number of important trends happening in the freight industry, spanning all modes of transportation: trucking, shipping, rail, pipeline, and air. The impact of these new regulations will be substantial and combined with low oil prices may affect how companies operate. In North America the low hanging fruit for long-haul loads is rail.

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A Baker’s Dozen of Killer Blog Posts

BluJay Solutions

The Kewill blog really took off last year, covering everything from the controversy over new electronic log regulations for truckers to the logistics of international disaster relief. In no particular order, here is a baker’s dozen of our best blog posts from 2015.

26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

6 River Systems

Logistics can be traced all the way back to the Greek and Roman empires , but it’s undergone several major transformations as new technologies provide opportunities to more efficiently manage the movement and storage of goods. ” Meet Our Panel of Logistics Pros: Brian Jessup.

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

6 River Systems

However, even with a growing number of innovative technologies at your fingertips, your success still depends on your strategy. ” Meet Our Panel of Supply Chain Professionals: Trey Howard Emmanuel Frost Michael D. with a backup plan as part of contingency planning.

Celebrating Drones, Butterflies and Exceptional People


The Americas are pulling me South-eastward with greater frequency these days. Having just returned from a client engagement in Brazil, where it’s currently winter with sunny blue skies and 28 degrees, our English ‘summer’ with its driving horizontal rain is something of a comedown! . Before heading off to Brazil, I had the privilege of chairing my first US eft CSCO conference, in the bustling, blustery city of Chicago.

Insights from the C-Suite: Supply Chain People Are Making a Difference in the World

Material Handling & Logistics

The biggest challenge for supply chain professionals today is the is the accelerated pace of change, according to APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi. The organization currently serves 45,000 professional members in 100 countries, with 190 chapters in North America alone.

This Week in Logistics News (June 25-29, 2018)

Talking Logistics

I’ve started to ramp up my training for our Logistics Leaders for Type 1 Diabetes Cure team ride in support of JDRF, which will be in Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 3, 2018. Walmart-Led Blockchain Effort Seeks Farm-to-Grocery-Aisle View of Food Supply Chain (WSJ – sub.

The Cost of Delaying an ERP Upgrade


A new piece of plant equipment will always trump a new ERP system to grow your business – or will it? In all my many years of introducing new ERP systems to manufacturing companies, the number one reason why the project did not go ahead is not because we lost out to a competitor’s product.

A vision for a transparent global Rare Earth Element system using blockchain technology


Read the short version of this report on Medium. The central role that REEs play in the functioning of clean energy technologies makes these elements increasingly strategic resources for economies into the 21st Century. The lack of reporting and standardised data collection. .

Toques & Trucks


Okay, so first thing's first. Some of you may actually think my blogging is just one big, long joke. The other day I met with one of my young programmers. A toque was more of a practical necessity than fashion statement per se. This is not an April Fool’s Day Blog.

This Week in Logistics News (January 29 – February 2, 2018)

Talking Logistics

I am a toddler, maybe two years old, wearing a diaper and nothing else, sitting atop the small round kitchen table in our cramped 1970s apartment, my mom helping me sit up while I colored, crayon clutched in little hand, on a piece of paper. A number of U.S.