[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.

Supply Chain Technology Trends to Watch Out For

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What are the current supply chain technology trends? Supply chain technology is advancing at a fast pace, and supply chain companies need to keep their finger on the pulse of the industry. Find the Right Technology with AFFLINK.

Is Hyperloop the Next Great Supply Chain Technology?

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by Melissa Clow This guest post comes to us from Argentus Supply Chain Recruiting , a boutique recruitment firm specializing in Supply Chain Management. We’re always trying to stay on top of Supply Chain developments at Argentus.

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

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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. Inventory is then put on pallets and shipped as freight. ” Vendor Managed Inventory Model: A Quick Back Story.

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. sources of value for customers. The businesses that optimized their supply chain operations to deliver on.

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.

Bitcoin: A New Supply Chain Operating System?

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Casey and Paul Vigna – that opened my eyes to bitcoin’s true potential: as a new operating system for supply chain networks. The WSJ article and other sources, such as this Khan Academy video series , explain how bitcoin works, so I won’t go into it here. Source: [link].

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SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

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Source: Dictionary.com. As supply chain clichés take flight, clients struggle with execution. One of these concepts that I hear a lot; but see few tangible examples, is the idea of “customer-segmented supply chain.”

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.

Takeaways from the IBM Watson Supply Chain Summit

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In fact, at one conference this spring, after delivering a keynote presentation that had nothing to do with technology, the very first question I received from the audience was “What do you think about blockchain and its potential in supply chain management?”. Source: IBM.

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.

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.

Use these management strategies to build a great supply chain…

The Network Effect

Visibility to the potential value locked in the current environment is a key driver in a supply network transformation and is being provided by advanced cloud based network platforms. Supply Chain Management Visibility supply chain management supply chain technology

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.

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.

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.

3 Stats That Prove the Need for a Digital Control Tower

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The term “control tower” has been around for a long time in the supply chain and I recently had a great conversation on the common misconceptions of what control towers are with Tom Nightingale and Adrian Gonzalez (you can watch the video here ).

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Why the supply chain should be more social

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No company has ‘truly’ modeled the full relationship set between how companies interact with other companies upstream and downstream in the supply chain. “The supply network application of the ESG is thus somewhat similar to how Facebook and LinkedIn model their social networks.”

[VIDEO] Logistics Beacons: Using Proximity As A Logistics Oversight Service

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These are huge numbers that represent the movement of every good across the globe and the reason we are seeing the rise of Logistics Beacons as a way to increase logistics and supply chain visibility. . Technology has always played a critical part within logistics.

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Why OmniChannel Solutions are Needed in Shipping & Logistics to Meet Consumer Demand

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Similarly, products will be relocated to be as close to customers as possible, which will naturally lead to an increased use of technologies, such as 3D printing. The push toward a more efficient, data-driven supply chain will result in more competition among companies.

Major Influences on Supply Chains for 2019

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One of the things that defines supply chain management today is the rapid pace of change across all dimensions — competitive landscape, regulations, technology, and many more. As we quickly approach 2019, there are a number of potentially game-changing global trade challenges supply chain professionals must consider in their planning, including new tariffs, trade wars, and Brexit. Technology Enablers.

How “Process Robots” are Enabling Supply Networks

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Think about an electronic workforce of process robots designed to count your inventory items in real time, on demand, with no mistakes made. Falling back to sourcing options, you determine that you could hire the 20 FTE’s in the US for $1.5M

Digital Supply Chain: Where Can You Find Value?

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There’s a lot of talk these days about the digital supply chain, including what it means and why it’s important. When people talk about the value of digitization, it is often within the context of supply chain visibility. But today visibility encompasses a complete view of an international supply chain, which requires what is often referred to as a control tower. Digital Supply Chain and Risk Management.

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.

The Future of the Distribution System: New Technologies: Part 2 of 3

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In part 2 of the 3-part series, Jake discusses the new technologies that are introduced and how they effect your distribution system. New Technologies Waiting in the Wings. There are several new technologies that have either already impacted distribution or will soon do so.

Supply Chain Operating Networks Create Supply Chain Rockstars

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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.

Toyota and USPS See Opportunities for Blockchain Technology in Supply Chain Management

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It was back in January 2015, after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about bitcoin, that my eyes were opened to the potential for blockchain technology to transform supply chain management. As I wrote at the time in Bitcoin: A New Supply Chain Operating System?

The Secret of Getting Ahead (Takeaways from Command Alkon ELEVATE 2018 Conference)

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Funny enough, that is the same advice I get from supply chain and logistics executives who are already making progress on a digital transformation journey. What the leaders have done is focus on achieving quick wins — that is, they have identified opportunities to eliminate waste or replace manual processes with technology that are low risk and require minimal time, cost, and resources to achieve. What a difference a year makes.

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.

The Convergence of Logistics and Commerce (and Social Networking Too)

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As reported by TechCrunch last week, Symphony Commerce , a provider of cloud technology for e-commerce platforms, is raising $11 million to grow its fulfillment business. Source: Symphony Commerce website.

Improving Your Manufacturing Operations Using Warehouse Automation  

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Today’s guest blog is written by Ian Todd, Director of Automated Parking Systems for Westfalia Technologies, Inc. To be fair, many warehouses have benefited from new technology. A third factor impacting OEE is the supply of parts and materials. Other Sources: [link].

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. Source: [link]. 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).

Sorry, I’m Not Sure: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2018

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Source: Evan, Flikr. “I I will be wrong again,” I stated last year before making my supply chain and logistics predictions for 2017 , and I was right. It echoed the title of my September 2016 post, “ The Day a Cyber Attack Brings the World’s Supply Chains to a Halt.”.

This Week in Logistics News (August 3-7, 2015)

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This was a relatively quiet week for supply chain and logistics news, which is typical for August, so let’s go straight to it: Macy’s expands same day delivery to 17 cities as it challenges Amazon ( Reuters ).

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What If Your Supply Chain Had A Control Tower?

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What If Your Supply Chain Had A Control Tower? Wouldn’t you want that same sort of control over your supply chain? She is an avid reader and supply chain lead, specializing in the area of end-end supply chain and control tower.

The Rise of Logistics Technology in E-Commerce

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Logistics technologies are changing how modern retailers operate. However, the rise of e-commerce will naturally lead to greater focus on logistics technologies, and you need to understand how this increase the role of logistics technology in e-commerce in the global economy. What’s Driving Investments in Logistics Technology in E-Commerce? Two primary forces are contributing to the need for logistics technology in e-commerce.