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Continued Disruption and Added Cost Inflation Reflected in Key Global Transportation and Logistics Indices in March and Q1 2022

Supply Chain Matters

In a prior published commentary, we provided highlights of March and Q1-2022 global production indices along with their implications. We now add highlights of March and Q1-2022 key global transportation and logistics indices. Global and Domestic Transportation and Logistics Indices.

ThroughPut Inc. Appoints World-Renowned Just-in-Time, Lean & Kaizen Expert Mr. Takao Sakai to Executive Advisory Board


the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Supply Chain pioneer that enables companies to detect, prioritize and alleviate dynamic operational bottlenecks just-in-time today announced the appointment of global lean & Just-In-Time expert, Mr. Takao Sakai, to the Executive Advisory Board. His family is responsible for inventing the renowned “Just-In-Time” philosophy that is commonplace across all leading supply chain operations today.


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Why JIT Isn’t to Blame for Broken Supply Chains


As governments and hospitals work to stamp out Covid-19, manufacturers are also struggling to manage the virus’ impact on their supply chains. Many are quick to blame just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing for their lack of components and raw materials.

Going Digital for Manufacturing

DELMIA Quintiq

You may have heard this statement if you are advocating for a Production Scheduling solution in your company. In fact you will probably need to challenge it three times rather one, but it is worth it! I want to be Lean – Lean manufacturing is not about software solutions”.

Disruption In Container Logistics With John Murnane

The Logistics of Logistics

The North American inbound supply chain was well-run and extremely cheap before the pandemic brought disruption to the logistics and transportation space. Prices are going up, congestion is at an all-time high, and these we won’t recover from these challenges overnight.

Sourcing Strategy: Effective vs Efficient with Ron Crabtree

The Logistics of Logistics

Sourcing Strategy: Effective vs Efficient with Ron Crabtree. Joe Lynch and Ron Crabtree discuss sourcing strategy: effective vs efficient. he is an internationally recognized expert in leading-edge business process improvement methodologies. The Logistics of Logistics Podcast.

4 Key Trends to Watch in Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain


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. The Continual Coverage and Now Reality of Smart Manufacturing with 3D Printing. I remember reading an MIT paper on manufacturing technology trends a couple of years ago. Smart Manufacturing will Make Supply Chains Demand Driven not Forecast Driven.

Packaging Manufacturing Predictions Post-Pandemic


Think of the role that packaging plays in your life. And as COVID-19 has changed the world permanently in so many ways, from how we live to how we work, it has changed packaging too. Here’s how packaging manufacturing has evolved during the pandemic. It hit 33% in July 2020.

5 Ways Manufacturers Can Boost Agility

Arena Solutions

Whether it’s a new regulation, part shortage, or a newly released product from a leading competitor—manufacturers must react quickly to stay ahead in today’s volatile market. Effective supply chain collaboration is critical to ensure quality products are shipped to customers on time.

4 Best Ways Manufacturers Can Perfect Their Supply Chain

USC Consulting Group

Leading the way — and defying the odds — are manufacturers. Yet with COVID-19 and product shortages still a reality, some manufacturers are wondering what they can do to improve their supply chain resiliency to prepare for present and future disruption. “Survey Committee members reported that their companies and suppliers operated in reconfigured factories, with limited labor application due to safety restrictions.”. Focus on strategic sourcing.

The Value of Optimized Container Management in Complex Automotive Supply Chains

DELMIA Quintiq

For the automotive industry in particular, the transportation of goods – small, large, custom-made – needs to run as smoothly as possible. Logistics processes and strategies must be able to adapt to this multivariable environment and accommodate these demands, down to the smallest detail.

Biden Administration’s Executive Action on Supply Chain Releases Multi-Agency Recommendations

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters provided our readers awareness to the tenets of this executive order , and in later in early June of 2021, highlights of the 100-day assessments among specific government agencies. port and logistics infrastructure including the U.S.

Supply Chain Matters Most Read Blogs in 2021- Part Two

Supply Chain Matters

For these reasons, we elected to expand our profile from ten to the top twenty-five blogs of most interest in the prior year. In our Part One posting in these series , we counted down from number 25 to number 16 of our most accessed blogs last year.

History and Evolution of Supply Chain and Logistics


In the current era, it is clear that new modes of production are concomitant with new modes of distribution, which advances the field of logistics, the science of physical distribution or even supply chain management. What is Logistics and Supply Chain Management? In Summary. .

The New World Of Warehousing with Matt Fain

The Logistics of Logistics

Matt is the Co-Founder and CEO of popcapacity , which is dedicated to simplifying the process for sourcing warehouse space. Matt shifted to logistics sales and became a very successful agent for BlueGrace. In the podcast interview, Joe and Matt discuss the new world of warehousing.

Post-COVID Ecommerce is Booming, But Logistics Issues Abound

Logistics Bureau

Is your ecommerce business one of those that’s been growing steadily in recent years, and seen an absolute boom since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged? Supply Chain and Logistics Knowledge. There are, of course, several ways to achieve a logistics knowledge infusion.

Innovating Spare Parts Logistics

Logistics Trends and Insights

Typically an expensive part of the supply chain, the management is often based on ‘just-in-time’ deliveries in order to keep inventory levels low. Meanwhile, in 2016, UPS announced a distributed, on-demand manufacturing network that links its global logistics network with 3D printers at more than 60 UPS Stores across the U.S and Fast Radius’ On Demand Production Platform™ and 3D printing factory in Louisville, KY.

Inventory Management in Service Logistics Industry

Talking Logistics

The answer varies from function to function in the supply chain. For Sales it’s about product availability at all times. For Manufacturing it’s about carrying zero or minimum inventory. For Logistics the focus is on high inventory turns. Inventory Management is a function that should always be in sync with your supply chain strategy and in turn depends on your overall business strategy. Is there a common trend in inventory management?

It’s All About the Logistics

Enterra Insights

Sun Tzu, the famous Chinese general, military strategist, writer, and philosopher who lived in the 6th century BC, wrote, “The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.” Four decades ago, Rich Weissman, CEO of Rich Weissman & Associates and an experienced supply chain management practitioner, was just beginning his career. ” Logistics in the digital age. ” Changing with the times. What products are sourced?

Improving Your Manufacturing Operations Using Warehouse Automation  


Ian is an expert on warehouse automation, and shares his insights on how you need to get started in thinking about technology and robotics in your warehouse or manufacturing operation. Sandwiched between warehouse and distribution center, manufacturing is where the value gets added. However, improvement opportunities abound and the right solutions can yield end-to-end improvements throughout the manufacturing enterprise. Improving Performance in Manufacturing.

What is Supply Chain Resiliency?

Logistics Viewpoints

Supply chain disruption has many sources: tariffs and trade disputes, natural disasters, pandemics, economic uncertainty and cybersecurity attacks. There won’t be a new normal, just new sources of disruption, from weather to government policies to industry conditions.

Are Procurement and Logistics Executives Aligned When Faced with Current Supply Chain Challenges?


Procurement and supply chain executives are on the “same team” – and in general, a recent study conducted by the SCRC and GEP suggests that there is strong alignment between the two functions when it comes to prioritizing lower risks and reducing uncertainty in supply chains.

Supply Chain Costs: A Definitive Guide for Manufacturers


Manufacturers usually define supply chain costs using the total cost of ownership. Most manufacturers aim at creating the most optimum supply chain for their organizations. However, at times they lack the complete information they need to reach that goal.

Moving Logistics Forward from the Great Bottleneck of 2021: Part 2

USC Consulting Group

In part 1 of this blog series about logistics, we talked about the state of the industry today. Summed up in one word: Chaos. We who work with logistics have seen supply chain disruptions before. Foreign manufacturing partners can’t get the materials they need to do the job. The perfect logistics storm. But many in the logistics industry say it solves only part of the problem. What logistics companies can do.

Supply Chain Costs: A Definitive Guide for Manufacturers


Manufacturers usually define supply chain costs using the total cost of ownership. Most manufacturers aim at creating the most optimum supply chain for their organizations. However, at times they lack the complete information they need to reach that goal.

Supply Chain Costs: A Definitive Guide for Manufacturers


Manufacturers usually define supply chain costs using the total cost of ownership. Most manufacturers aim at creating the most optimum supply chain for their organizations. However, at times they lack the complete information they need to reach that goal.

Top Logistics Terms to Know—A Supply Chain Glossary

Zipline Logistics

Logistics is no exception. There are hundreds of logistics terms that make up the industry’s language. We will define some of the most prevalent in transportation for those of you who have ever found yourself confused by the terminology. Logistics Terms for Pros to Know.

Navigating Disruption in MedTech


“Our biggest challenge was not maintaining production and operations during the pandemic – but it’s today, managing the impact of the aftershocks.” – Joanne Mavroides, Director Supply Chain & Logistics at Abiomed. Joanne: “Abiomed has always had robust risk mitigation strategies in place.

Keeping customization in the family — Transmission

The Supply Chain Journal

Most automakers rely on “just-in-timemanufacturing to optimize production. That model requires precise coordination throughout every link in the global supply chain. And that’s where AIT Worldwide Logistics comes in.

Added In-Transit Inventory Exposures Add to Implications of Inbound Cost Inflation for Industry Supply Chains

Supply Chain Matters

In a Supply Chain Matters commentary published earlier this month, we highlighted for readers that the implications of rapidly rising producer prices and end-product consumer goods inflation on industry supply chains. While some corporate CFO ’s will not resist the inducement to raise product prices like others, there comes a point where higher prices modify buyer behaviors, either in seeking other choices, cheaper product alternatives or deferring buying decisions.

Halal Cluster Network: Connecting regional halal clusters

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

In an age of great volatility, agility has become the new competitive differentiator. In their time lean manufacturing and just-in-time were game-changing concepts. In 2021 it is an entirely new game.

5 Disruptions Shaping the Digital Transformation in Distribution and Logistics


Manufacturing and retail transformations, technology disruptions and digitalization of data have redefined the roles of distributors and third party logistics (3PLs). It’s not just about the change or the expansion of services any longer, but about how fast and flexible their services can be delivered as the manufacturing and retail industries are reinventing themselves, too. Below are 5 disruptions shaping the digital transformation in distribution and logistics.

5 Lessons from the Desert for the Future of Supply Chain Resiliency

Logistics Viewpoints

Yet plants, animals, and Native peoples thrive in this environment with resourcefulness and adaptability. Invest in your ecosystem. cm) in its first ten years. Grow when you have your “day in the rain”. Shift from just-in-time to just-in-case.

HWI Unleashes Continuous Innovation

Logistics Viewpoints

They view their implementation of a tightly integrated suite of applications delivered in a public cloud infrastructure from Oracle as a platform on which they can build to help drive continuous innovation. The company is still somewhere in the “crawl/walk” phase.

Now Is the Right Time for Supply Chains To Do the Right Things

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

The Covid-19 aftermath is so deeply engraved that in future, we can actually explain this phase as: BC “Before Covid-19” and AD “After Disease recovery” It has forced world leaders, policy makers, businesses to shift their focus to a survival mode for the most part of 2020.