Dealing With The Supply Chain Gloppy Mess

Supply Chain Shaman

For the first in seven years, I was not heads-down preparing for The Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. Pre-pandemic only 30% of supply chain leaders were satisfied with their supply chains, and during the pandemic, business leader satisfaction is falling precipitously.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Manufacturing is the foundation of my interest in supply chain management. Supply Chain and Design. This was the beginning of my journey from manufacturing to understanding larger supply chain concepts. I knew nothing about the world of logistics, inventory management and order optimization. Much to my chagrin, when I entered into the world of supply chain, the processes of source, make and deliver were usually not designed.

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Space: The final logistics and supply chain management frontier

Kinaxis

by Ilyas Kucukcay Recent advancements in the space launch market may indicate an increased need for logistics and supply chain management in outer space operations. Accessing what’s beyond our globe has become an accepted source of socio-political promotion. It’s an indication of a society that can use advanced supply chain technology to achieve the best, and to find and harvest the undiscovered. Space Logistics and Supply Chain.

The Logistics & Supply Chain of Thanksgiving

Cerasis

Now, multiply that by 250 million Americans celebrating the holiday, reports Bob Trebilcock of Logistics Management. per pound for turkey might seem like an expense, but that cost and bird reflects more about the supply chain’s functions than you realize. Frozen turkeys make up 90 percent of Thanksgiving sales, explains Chris Cunnane of Logistics Viewpoints. Meanwhile, logistics operations must transport them from the farm to the production facility and beyond.

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Point-of-Danger ICE Raids and Audits

Speaker: Max Muller, Attorney and Author

Supply chain managers should constantly be on guard against forces that could cause a significant point-of-failure in or to their supply chains. The sudden loss of a workforce is an evolving danger to those who provide raw materials, subassemblies, finished goods, and/or necessary services to supply chains; and to entities requiring those items or services. Join Max Muller for this timely, fast-paced and guidance rich webinar that will educate you on the specific steps involved in undertaking your own internal audit, as well as providing you with guidance on what your major and/or sole source suppliers should do as well.

Getting Through the COVID-19 Crisis: Advice for Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals

Talking Logistics

Back in December, when we were making supply chain and logistics predictions for 2020, none of us envisioned the situation the world finds itself in today due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When it’s all said and done, there will be many lessons learned, but the question right now is: How can supply chain and logistics. Read more Getting Through the COVID-19 Crisis: Advice for Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals.

Is Single Sourcing, or Sole Sourcing, Dead?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. 10 Vital Supply Chain Lessons from the Coronavirus Pandemic! The Coronavirus Pandemic has quickly and severely disrupted Supply Chains of every kind around the world. Lockdowns have resulted in the temporary closure of Manufacturing and Distribution facilities and discontinuation of Logistics and transportation modes. Additionally dramatically higher demand for household supplies (eg. Subscribe Here!

Strong Supply Chains Required For an Economic Rebound: Six Steps To Take

Supply Chain Shaman

My last post on the Supply Chain Shaman blog was forty-five days ago. My first focus was on China sourcing. Then it was the redefinition of the supply chain for the global shutdowns Sick with the virus; I spent my energies writing and moderating podcasts.

The Value of Optimized Container Management in Complex Automotive Supply Chains

DELMIA Quintiq

Today’s supply chains are becoming more complex and dynamic. Logistics processes and strategies must be able to adapt to this multivariable environment and accommodate these demands, down to the smallest detail.

3 Supply Chain Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2020

AIMMS

What’s on the horizon for supply chain professionals? Moving past waste, water, and C02 reduction, they have begun searching for renewable energy sources, different forms of packaging, and increased efficiency overall.

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Scenario Modeling Is Now Crucial for Supply Chain Network Design

AIMMS

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many risks and uncertainties in supply chain networks. Current Technologies in Use for Supply Chain Network Design . Prolonged shutdowns have both financial and operational implications, which are often very difficult to assess due to the complexity and far-reaching nature of supply chains. A leading logistics service provider was among the many companies that saw its operations affected by the pandemic.

Best-Cost vs. Least-Cost Sourcing

Talking Logistics

A month later, Walmart announced that it will increase its sourcing of US products by $50 billion over the next 10 years. What are some of the main supply chain factors that are fueling this reshoring trend? I asked Kevin O’Meara that question last week on Talking Logistics. One is the thought process around best-cost sourcing versus least-cost sourcing.

History Repeats Itself Without Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

This is a story for the Eds, Franks, and Toms working together in supply chains across the globe. It is also a story for a young supply chain manager attempting to make a difference, but feeling stymied. Efficient supply chains may not be the most effective.

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 ).

Supply Chain: The True Game of Risk

Supply Chain Shaman

For the supply chain leader it is not a game… The stake is business continuity. Gamers do well in the world of supply chain. Designing value networks and managing what-if conditions is fundamental to managing supply chain risks. The move from global to regional supply chains increased risks. Geopolitical shifts, economic uncertainty and demand/supply volatility are rising. In my life time, supply chains changed.

Embracing the Digital Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

As I drank a cup of coffee and waited, I reflected on the article I had just completed for the Institute of Supply Management. At their request I wrote on the digital supply chain. Digital supply chain is such a buzzword. The digital supply chain is about SO much more than gadgets.” Yet, within the supply chain, everyone waits for data and insights. Supply chains do not move in the cadence of the market.

Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation

The Logistics of Logistics

Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation. In December’s issue of InBound, editor Keith Biondi cited customer service as the source for supply chain innovation. Technology has clearly driven much change in Supply Chain Management (SCM). And the logistics industry has countless IT solutions. BPR has helped streamline supply chains with or without IT. Customer Service: The Real Source of SCM Innovation.

If Multi-sourcing is a Best Practice, Why Are so Few Companies Doing It?

Logistics Viewpoints

Because of the pandemic, risk management surrounding sourcing has become top of mind. Companies need to ensure they have alternate sources of supply that can ramp up to the volumes needed. This best practice urges companies to examine not just the cost of the sourced products, but also to understand the risks associated with not multi-sourcing key components. The post If Multi-sourcing is a Best Practice, Why Are so Few Companies Doing It?

Research in Focus: Sourcing Trends and Concerns

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: Our “ Research in Focus ” series highlights research conducted by select partners on timely and important trends impacting supply chain and logistics professionals today. Below is an excerpt from a report published recently by Amber Road and the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) titled “ The Trade Trends Report: 2017 Report on Sourcing, Trade, and e-commerce.” Sourcing decisions can complicate or simplify this process.

Supply Chains to Admire: 2016 Results

Supply Chain Shaman

This morning, we announced the Supply Chains to Admire Winners and Finalists for 2016. Selfishly, we need standard for our research, but we also want to help supply chain leaders gain new insights from a deep data-driven analysis. There is no agreed standard for supply chain excellence. The Supply Chains to Admire analysis is now in its third year. The source data for the analysis is public reporting of balance sheets and income statements.

6 Supply Chain Disciplines to Enable Profitable Growth

Talking Logistics

How can supply chain management enable profitable growth? Getting to the answer requires retailers to take a broader, more strategic perspective of supply chain management, one that goes beyond defining supply chain excellence only in terms of cost reduction and control. Below is an excerpt from the section on Supply Chain Visibility. — Supply Chain Visibility.

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. Supply chain processes depend on navigating the world o f gray.

Make Better Logistics Sourcing Decisions with Data-Driven Optimization

Talking Logistics

Over the past few years, as supply chains have grown in scale and complexity, so has the logistics sourcing process. Mature sourcing organizations, which have been doing traditional sourcing and category management, are starting to plateau in terms of savings and impact to their organizations, yet each year are faced with increasing savings mandates and pressure to improve performance. Upcoming Episodes Elemica Kris Beck logistics outsourcing

Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Omni-channel is transforming retail transportation’s supply chain and logistics processes. Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. Also, is multi-functional engagement important and, how does omni-channel impact transportation sourcing?

Digital transformation in the life sciences supply chain – show me the data

Kinaxis

by Bill DuBois The life sciences supply chain starts with a miracle. Everything we talk about in supply chain starts with discovering that product you can market and sell. Although getting a new drug to market has its unique challenges compared to the source, make and deliver part of the life sciences supply chain equation, there is one thing those of us in supply chain have in common with our R&D counterparts, we all need clean data.

Using Satellite Imagery as a Data Source to Improve Supply Chain Management

Logistics Viewpoints

Satellite imagery data represents another data set that may have the potential to improve company’s supply chains. The post Using Satellite Imagery as a Data Source to Improve Supply Chain Management appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Supply Chain Planning Satellite imageryThere are potential uses surrounding procurement, sustainability, and strategic planning.

Five Things I Have Learned About Global Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

Regional supply chain companies are attempting to define global requirements. They are well versed in requirements for regional supply chain planning, but they are attempting to redefine their processes and be more global. Success in Supply Chain Planning Is a Flip of a Coin. Supply chain planning success is difficult to achieve. The second issue is treating supply chain planning as a technology project implementation.

Retail supply chain management and the rise of fast fashion

Kinaxis

However, when it comes to the efficiency of today’s retail supply chain management techniques, controversy is replaced by admiration as international clothiers boast operations efficient enough to accurately anticipate demand in one of the world’s most rapidly changing industries.

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Public Markets Reward Supply Chain Alignment

Supply Chain Shaman

Today, I am proud to launch the Supply Chain Index. It is my hope that the readers of this blog will take time to either join us today to listen to the launch of the Supply Chain Index on our webinar or listen to the replay. (We The Supply Chain Index has been two years in the making. As I sat at my kitchen table, I reviewed spreadsheet after spreadsheet of corporate performance data on supply chain financial ratios.

Use of Blockchain in Supply Chain & Logistics: Looking to Examples Across Industries for Better Understanding

Cerasis

The days of managing supply chains through databases and changing information are over. Although blockchain is often related closely to cryptocurrency, it holds great value for use in supply chain management. Use of Blockchain in Supply Chain and Logistics Will Put Certain Departments at Risk As explained by Connor DiGregorio of Industry Week , blockchain technology carries a degree of risk for traditional supply chain departments.

Ultimate COVID-19 Supply Chain Resource Roundup

Freightos

As COVID-19 spreads and nations across the globe take measures to contain it, the impacts to the supply chain have been dramatic, fast-changing, and many. Our Favorite Coronavirus Supply Chain Resources. COVID-19 Media Supply Chain Resources. CEVA Logistics.

Applying Blockchain in Logistics & Supply Chain Management: 5 Reasons Why Supply Chain Execs Need to Know More

Cerasis

Although it may seem counterintuitive for a third-party logistics provider (3PL), like Cerasis, to trumpet such prospects, the resounding impact will drive greater efficiencies in supply chains. Applying blockchain in logistics and supply chain management is about doing more with less, a common concept in business, and shippers need to know a few things about how it could add value to the shipping ecosystem. Blockchain Logistics Supply Chain

Global Supply Chain Recovery Dependent On A Vaccine

Supply Chain Shaman

However, supply chain leaders well understand that drug discovery, manufacturing, and distribution are all necessary to deliver the vaccine to a willing arm. Development and distribution, as any supply chain leader knows, are two different topics. As a result, the supply chain, as we knew it is dead. Together, we need to go to a place that we have never been before in the evolution and innovation of supply chain processes.

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Supply Chain And Logistics Trends That Could Be Big In 2020

Logistics Bureau

Rob O’Byrne makes an early start with his round-up of supply chain and logistics trends that might make industry headlines in the coming year. His observations include trends in first and last-mile logistics, and the increase in SMEs entering global markets.

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When it Comes to ‘Logistics & Sourcing’ at RILA Supply Chain the World is Your Oyster!

Supply Chain Network

One of the things I most look forward to when attending the RILA Supply Chain conference is all of the great retail global logistics & supply chain professionals and information to be found assembled all in one place. In less than a week in Phoenix, this year’s RILA Supply Chain conference will of course once again be no exception with a strong Logistics & Sourcing track including four sessions.