Supply Chain Transformation: Not Just Digital, But Physical Too

Talking Logistics

Over the past couple of years, we have published many blog posts and produced several video episodes on supply chain digital transformation (see our archives ). What’s becoming clear, however, is that digital supply chain transformation is not enough; companies also have to transform their physical supply chain networks to adequately meet the more demanding challenges and opportunities before them.

Why Supply Chain Transformation is Inevitable

Enterra Insights

Change and transformation are never easy, especially if what you have been doing has proven successful. ” Supply chain professionals would love that aphorism to be true. Alexa Cheater ( @Alexa_Cheater ), Product Marketing Manager at Kinaxis, reminds us, “Working in supply chain means getting comfortable with change — changes in supply, changes in demand, changes in capacity, etc. The 21st century supply chain.

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Supply Chain Transformation is a Journey not a Destination

Enterra Insights

Supply chains have been around since people realized they had things worth trading. As new technologies emerged, supply chains transformed to take advantage of these technologies. As a result, transformation has been and remains an essential characteristic of supply chains. and the supply chain is an essential part of this revolution. Technologies Driving Supply Chain Transformation.

Three Mega Trends Driving Supply Chain Transformations

TMC

Digital transformation is one topic that is dominating our industry—and rightfully so, considering the significant competitive advantages and opportunities it brings to global supply chains. It’s rare to come across an industry article or conference that doesn’t reference how supply chains are being disrupted, automated, and optimized through digitalization. But first, what’s behind this industry-wide transformation? Supply Chain Complexity.

Three Mega Trends Driving Supply Chain Transformations

TMC

Digital transformation is one topic that is dominating our industry—and rightfully so, considering the significant competitive advantages and opportunities it brings to global supply chains. It’s rare to come across an industry article or conference that doesn’t reference how supply chains are being disrupted, automated, and optimized through digitalization. But first, what’s behind this industry-wide transformation? Supply Chain Complexity.

The Internet of Things and Supply Chain Transformation

Enterra Insights

IoT Benefits for the Supply Chain. Brittany Martincic predicts, “IoT will eventually have some impact on all aspects of the supply chain. … Every supply chain business, from manufacturing to logistics, should be taking a close look at the Internet of Things now.”[4] Below are some of the ways the Internet of Things ecosystem will benefit supply chain operations. Digital Transformation.

Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

Google did not acquire a third-party logistics (3PL) company or a logistics software vendor. For example, 3PLs and software vendors did pay more attention to serving the needs of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and companies in the Energy and Process Industries (see TMS for SMB: Breaking Down the Barriers , Oil & Gas Companies Focus on Eliminating Supply Chain Waste , and Collaboration and Optimization in the Oil & Gas Industry ).

ABB’s Daniel Helmig: “We are moving to virtual centres of expertise”

Supply Chain Movement

this is a huge company-wide transformation that will put more focus on its customer offering as it aims to become leaner, faster and more agile. Daniel Helmig, head of ABB’s Supply Chain management, is currently busy implementing supply chain transformation throughout the company’s 450 plants and many project sites as the company consolidates back end processes and establishes ten global transportation management centres. “It

Top Talking Logistics Posts & Episodes (Q1 2016)

Talking Logistics

Here on Talking Logistics , however, the sun is shining bright. Chipotle: The Latest Example of Why Supply Chain Risk Management Matters. Using Modeling and Analytics to Design a Resilient Supply Chain. The Impact of SOLAS on Ocean Shipping and Data Management. Is Workforce Planning the Weakest Link in Your Supply Chain Transformation Journey? The Impact of Omni-Channel on Logistics (3,528 views).

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The Digital Transformation in Logistics: Technologies, Barriers and Predictions!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. The Digital Supply Chain (SC 4.0) Article written for Supply Chain Game Changer by, and permission to publish here provided by, Andrei Klubnikin at at R-Style Lab. In fact, 72% of enterprises involved in planning, executing and monitoring the flow of products from the point of origin to the point of consumption consider improved customer experience the key benefit of business transformation. Subscribe Here!

Stopping Shipping Shenanigans – The Value of Good Reporting in Your TMS

Supply Chain Collaborator

How well does your TMS drive process improvement and efficiency in transportation logistics? If strategic supply chain transformation simply cannot occur without solid reporting in the TMS, why do so many shippers still fail to take advantage of reporting in their TMS? The large carrier played this unethical game two to three times per week, blowing up the carefully planned savings the shipper took great steps to capture by investing in a logistics IT solution. .

This Week in Logistics News (July 9-13, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Moving on, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: U.S. Warehouse Supply at Its Tightest in Two Decades (WSJ – sub. BluJay Solutions Accelerates Supply Chain Efficiency for Customers with Updates to its Global Trade Network Platform. Honeywell Appoints Torsten Pilz as Chief Supply Chain Officer. May’s Brexit Plan Comes Just in Time for Supply Chains (WSJ – sub.

Supply Chain Management Challenges All Businesses Need to Understand

USC Consulting Group

Sustained marketplace success and effective supply chain management go hand-in-hand. Organizations that cultivate and maintain reliable yet malleable logistics channels can source the material needed to produce impactful products with minimal overhead and deliver these items swiftly to anticipative consumers. Sophisticated enterprise information technology now propels numerous operational functions, including supply chains.

This Week in Logistics News (December 31, 2018 – January 4, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Allow me to tell you via Bitmojis, which is the main way I communicate with my wife and kids these days: One of my goals for this year is to write a supply chain report completely in Bitmoji. In the meantime, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Amazon serves up 1 billion items through Prime over holidays (The Mercury News) Swamped With Inventory, U.S. Alexa, ship me some more toilet paper!”. Happy New Year!

Supply Chain Leaders Prepare For The Long Haul. Caution: It Will Be Gray.

Supply Chain Shaman

Supply chains were ill-prepared for the pandemic. The design of the global supply chain at the start of the pandemic assumed frictionless borders, availability of transportation resources, and supply with few constraints. Supply chain management as a discipline—a set of flows combining the processes of source, make and deliver together to drive value– is relatively new. The new normal pattern appeared in months, and the supply chain adjusted.

Patient-centric networks at the heart of pharmaceutical supply chain management: Lessons from LogiPharma Europe 2018

Kinaxis

Here are some key takeaways from a content-rich, fun and exciting pharma supply chain conference. Patient-centric networks are reshaping pharma supply chains. Francois talked about how cell and gene therapies are personalizing medicine, putting individual patients at the center of the supply network. In this instance, the supply chain begins and ends with a specific patient, providing an extreme example of personalized medicine.

IBM advances blockchain and IoT

EFT

is an end-to-end industrial transformation, in which mastering the 21 st century digital supply chain – enabled by blockchain, IoT, and AI technologies – is a critical success factor for enterprises to gain a competitive business advantage," said Ron Castro, VP of Supply Chain, IBM. This encompassed capturing parts data as they proceed through the supply chain from suppliers and system integrator to customer.

Despite a Disappointing Third Quarter, Macy’s Prepares its Supply Chain for the Holiday Season

Logistics Trends and Insights

To adapt, Macy’s is placing a big focus on the supply chain. Earlier this year, the retailer hired its first supply chain officer, David Mullahy, whose previous experience includes Michaels, Ulta, Meijer, and Accenture. As such, as part of its investors meeting on February 5, 2020, Macy’s will provide more details on its supply chain transformation it is undergoing. Until then, a look at some of the e-commerce and logistics initiatives underway.

Top Posts of 2017: Disruptions, Technology, and Supply Chain Trends

TMC

Technology and innovation drove many conversations in the global logistics and supply chain industry in 2017. Those topics reigned among the top posts here on Connect , too—as did posts about managing supply chain disruption and global shipping projections. As we hit restart and begin a new year, take a moment to revisit the top posts—and top supply chain trends—of 2017. Future of Logistics Takes Center Stage.

This Week in Logistics News (January 15-19, 2018)

Talking Logistics

I’m short on time this morning, so let’s go straight to the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Maersk and IBM to Form Joint Venture Applying Blockchain to Improve Global Trade and Digitize Supply Chains. LTL rates seen zooming in excess of 5 percent this year (Logistics Management). Bringg raises $12 million for its delivery logistics platform (VentureBeat). Suffer from poor supply chain visibility?

Top Posts of 2017: Disruptions, Technology, and Supply Chain Trends

Rubble Tile

Technology and innovation drove many conversations in the global logistics and supply chain industry in 2017. Those topics reigned among the top posts here on Connect , too—as did posts about managing supply chain disruption and global shipping projections. As we hit restart and begin a new year, take a moment to revisit the top posts—and top supply chain trends—of 2017. Future of Logistics Takes Center Stage.

Digitizing the Global Supply Chain: Three Ways to Create Value

Talking Logistics

The process of digitizing global supply chains continues to generate a lot of interest and discussion in the industry, perhaps because it’s really about embarking on a transformational journey. What are the prerequisites to digital supply chain transformation? I explored those questions and more with Ty Bordner, SVP of Marketing & Business Development at Amber Road , in a recent episode of Talking Logistics. What is a “Digitized” Supply Chain?

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Companies of all sizes have been capturing the value from Global Supply Chain to increase the economies of scale and scope for years. In this article, we will show you tips from worldwide experts that you can use to streamline your global supply chain operations. Whether you''re a manufacturing company in China, a sourcing agent in London or a world''s leading company in Silicon Valley, we''re all in a global supply chain networks.

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Some Supply Chain Management Principles are Timeless

Enterra Insights

Today, there is a lot of talk about supply chain transformation and the emerging technologies driving that transformation. We need to ensure we are not caught up in a new round of irrational exuberance as the transformation evolves. We need to remember there are some traditional supply chain principles that still apply — even in the Digital Age. Seven timeless supply chain principles. Supply and demand governs the marketplace.

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JDA FOCUS 2017: That’s a Wrap!

Supply Chain Nation

More than 2,000 attendees traveled to JDA FOCUS 2017, which was held at the MGM in Las Vegas, to get the latest insights from thought leaders and key players across supply chain management to help them deliver the seamless customer experience. Wayne Usie, Senior Vice President & Chief Market Development Officer , JDA Software talked about digitalization and its importance in supply chain management and the JDA Digital Edge. FOCUS Supply Chain FOCUS 2017

The Data Needed to Transform Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

Last fall after attending the CSCMP conference in Atlanta, I shared my observation that digital transformation is now a central theme in the industry. There was optimism and excitement, but the stories of transformative success were few and far between. Why had transformation initiatives fallen short? And how could a company succeed in digitally transforming? Transform Into What? Supply Chain Analytics Maturity Model (Source: Hackett Group).

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Debunking the 6 most common myths about industrial 3D printing and its impact on supply chains

DiManEx

We’ve all heard about its potential to upend supply chains and business models. But to this day, the benefits of 3D printing, also referred to as Additive Manufacturing, remain elusive to most supply chain executives. Let’s delve into these myths and discuss how supply chain leaders can generate value by embedding 3D Printing in a digitized and automated workflow. For businesses, 3D printing heralds a way to smarter and more efficient supply chains.

JDA FOCUS 2017: That’s a Wrap!

Supply Chain Nation

More than 2,000 attendees traveled to JDA FOCUS 2017, which was held at the MGM in Las Vegas, to get the latest insights from thought leaders and key players across supply chain management to help them deliver the seamless customer experience. Wayne Usie, Senior Vice President & Chief Market Development Officer , JDA Software talked about digitalization and its importance in supply chain management and the JDA Digital Edge. Supply Chain FOCUS FOCUS 2017

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. In fact, BMW has adopted any number of digital production technologies, such as data analytics, smart logistics and 3D printing.

7 Things That Matter Most To Fresh Supply Chain Leaders

Logistics Bureau

Fruit and vegetables, fish, bread, packaged salads, fresh meals; so many consumer products rely on supply chains that can bring perishable goods to retailers’ shelves quickly, and in the best possible condition. This article provides an inside look at today’s fresh supply chains around the world, and at how smart producers and retailers meet cool-chain challenges , especially as those chains increasingly span global distances and competitive markets expand.

50 expert tips on supply chain management

6 River Systems

The COVID-19 pandemic caused unprecedented global supply chain disruptions, impacting the flow of parts and finished goods around the world. At the same time, supply chain disruptions resulted in shortages of vital parts and components, and retailers such as grocery stores faced challenges keeping items like toilet paper, hand soap and sanitizer and disinfecting wipes on their shelves. Build flexible supply networks to minimize the risk of disruption.

Nursing Hospital and Healthcare Supply Into a New Age

Logistics Bureau

Given that hospitals and other healthcare facilities exist only to provide care to patients, it can come as a surprise to know that supply chain cost is typically the second largest expense such facilities incur, exceeded only by the cost of labour. Perhaps even more surprisingly, efforts to reduce healthcare supply chain costs were slow to gain momentum, at least compared with the inroads made in other industries. Hospital and Healthcare Supply: The Need for Change.

Top 10 Talking Logistics Videos and Posts in 2016

Talking Logistics

As 2016 comes to an end, a quick thank you to all of our readers, followers, and sponsors for another great year of learning and conversation on Talking Logistics. The numbers speak for themselves: 37 episodes produced in 2016, totaling more than 1,100 minutes of conversations with thought leaders and newsmakers in the supply chain and logistics industry. Again, thank you for making this another fun and rewarding year on Talking Logistics.