Manufacturing Pulse Report 2016

Supply Chain Movement

The manufacturing sector is in the midst of a period of great change. JDA’s Manufacturing Pulse report examining consumer industries has revealed that in the last 12 months, more than two-fifths (42%) of European adults have bought goods directly from a manufacturer. Sweden.

Is Mexico the World's Next Manufacturing Hub?


Mexico may become the global manufacturing nerve center if the country plays its cards right. According to Deloitte’s 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index, Mexico ranks number eight out of 40 countries including Canada, Sweden, and Vietnam.

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Robots are Taking Over the Roads (and Everywhere Else)

Oracle SCM

I attended the Gartner Supply Chain Conference in London a couple of weeks ago, and one of the topics that was discussed was the rise of robotics, especially in manufacturing and logistics.

The Absolut Company: Balancing Service and Inventory Creates a Delicious Mix


That’s also allowing Absolut to keep its production, from sourcing materials to distilling and bottling, anchored in a small corner of southern Sweden.” The world’s #2 selling vodka brand leaves nothing to chance when it comes to quality and sustainability.

Supply Chain Innovation: Plan or Perish in the “Cold Chain”


Findus Sverige AB is one of Sweden’s leading food companies, producing and distributing more than 800 finished goods items. Like many food manufacturers, Findus often favored high service levels to meet customer demand. Note: There will be no blog post next week due to summer holidays.

Mindmap for the Fashion & Luxury Goods Market

Supply Chain Movement

Sweden. In this fast-paced world, where there is also increasing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint, global fashion and luxury goods manufacturers have to redesign their go-to-market strategy to meet demand in a cost-efficient and sustainable way: Plan.

Supply Chain Predictions 2020: Uncertainty Demands Resilience


Anders Remneback, Product Manager, Optilon AB (Stockholm, Sweden). Additive manufacturing has been used since the 5th century to cast plow components and still has a bright future. However the young upstart of additive manufacturing, 3D printing, has stolen too much of the limelight.

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Using Weather and Climate Data to Improve Demand Forecasting


For instance, in a recent application that involved temperature and ice cream, a consumer goods company deployed machine learning to develop a model for five European countries: Germany, Poland, Sweden, the Netherlands, and France.

Why Using Reusable Packaging Can Be the Most Effective Way to Save Time and Money in Your Global Supply Chain


Sweden’s Svenska (PDF). Less packaging has to be manufactured which reduces the amount of energy that is required to produce packaging which in turn reduces the number of greenhouse gases that are expelled during the process.

Supply chain software remains hugely popular

Supply Chain Movement

Since not only the planning but also the execution is becoming more important in logistics and manufacturing, this version of the IT Subway Map also includes a subway line for manufacturing execution planning.

Most desirable logistics location of Europe in 2018

Supply Chain Movement

The Netherlands secured first place based on the results from the large-scale survey among logistics decision-makers within manufacturing and retail companies in Germany. Sweden.

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“We want people in the supply chain to be multi-skilled” – Henri-Xavier Benoist

Supply Chain Movement

The mission for the Tokyo-based company and the world’s largest tyre manufacturer is to achieve Dan-Totsu – to be an absolute and undisputed leader – in all aspects of business. One in every six vehicles drives on tyres made by the Bridgestone Corporation.

A big “tack” (thank you!) from the Stockholm World Tour

DELMIA Quintiq

Sweden has always encouraged innovation. The crowd, consisting of executives from manufacturing of FMCG products to business process analysts in the rail industry, found that several of Mikko’s key takeaways applicable to all attendees – especially the “plan-do-measure” cycle.

Game of Chains

Supply Chain Movement

American seed giant Monsanto and American tractor manufacturer John Deere are both planning to link their customer communities – containing data, knowledge and advice – to raw materials traders’ online platforms. Volvo has similar kinds of partnerships with a number of retailers in Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. The traditional boundaries between sectors and industries are blurring, or even vanishing, due to the increasing digitalization of business globally.

Big changes coming to the supply line, just not where you thought they’d be


As reported by The Guardian a number of European truck manufactures recently collaborated on creating a convoy of more than six semi-autonomous (semi-autonomous because there was still a back-up human driver) trucks that drove from Sweden and south Germany to a port in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Rethinking your optimum

Supply Chain Movement

The benefits of the Self-Learning Supply Chain in manufacturing. Sweden. Rethink your optimum: Prepare your supply chain for the challenges of 2017 and beyond.

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


This is particularly true, in the context of the growing number of international commitments to carbon neutrality, such as Sweden’s pledge to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. These credits can then be purchased directly by manufacturers.

Mindmap High-Tech Supply Chain 4.0

Supply Chain Movement

These developments impact Original Equipment Manufacturers, both at strategic level and at operational level within their supply chains. Sweden. And Manufacturing needs to be agile to keep up with rapid changes in the market.

Talent development essential for supply chain leaders

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In addition to being responsible for manufacturing and logistics, a CSCO also has to ensure alignment with internal departments such as Sales and Marketing, and with external partners such as customers and suppliers. Sweden. Recruiting raw talent is ‘extremely challenging’.

Strategic moves among logistics providers

Supply Chain Movement

Manufacturers and retailers welcome the ongoing consolidation in the fragmented logistics industry. Sweden. Manufacturers and retailers had a generally positive outlook on the prospect of consolidation. Fourth release of 3PL Subway Map Europe.

Updated IT Subway Map: Major acquisitions in SC software

Supply Chain Movement

Sweden. Because companies are increasingly outsourcing their manufacturing and logistics activities around the world, they are also more exposed to disruptions in the supply chain. The supply chain software industry is in a considerable state of flux.

A Guide to Sustainable Gift Giving


Companies are also focusing on new ways to manage plastic manufacturing more responsibly. Recently, Coca-Cola Sweden released their first fully-recycled Coca-Cola plastic bottle. With every holiday season comes a flurry of shoppers, stuffing their carts with the latest gadgets and garments. These special finds are then meticulously wrapped, only to be torn open a matter of hours later. But, we rarely think about the bags of paper and packaging left behind.

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'Brexit Is Scaring Businesses to Death': Two Experts Debate the Data

Supply Chain Brain

A Baker McKenzie survey of 800 business leaders in France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden and Ireland found that nearly half of respondents say their company has reduced investment in the U.K. The ONS reported that in April manufacturing output dropped 0.5

Mindmap for Supply Chain Execution 24/7

Supply Chain Movement

Sweden. Customers are becoming more demanding all the time: they increasingly expect personalised offers, available globally and round the clock. Such huge pressure on sales is also dragging the supply chain department(s) towards an ever-higher service level.

Gartner’s survey analysis: Women in Supply Chain 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Industrial manufacturers have noticeably lower representation than other sectors. Sweden.

Gartner’s Women in Supply Chain Survey 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Industrial manufacturers have noticeably lower representation than other sectors. Sweden. Gartner’s first Women in Supply Chain Survey, conducted with AWESOME, an executive women’s leadership group, compares the representation of women in supply chain leadership roles.

Download now: 3PL Subway Map Europe 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Manufacturers and retailers welcome the ongoing consolidation in the fragmented logistics industry. Sweden. Manufacturers and retailers had a generally positive outlook on the prospect of consolidation. Fourth release of 3PL Subway Map Europe.

Rising costs to challenge supply chain in 2019


Despite this, it seems there is not enough preparation ongoing, as when retailers and manufacturers were asked what strategies they had to handle seasonal and promotional peaks, by far their greatest go-to is to hire temporary workers, which is used by just under two-thirds of respondents.

KPI Key Performance Indicators in Supply Chain & Logistics

Logistics Bureau

Production/manufacturing. Supply Chain KPIs are Essential – The Right Ones! The information on this page WILL help you get it right. Many people get really confused about KPIs or Key Performance Indicators in Logistics and Supply Chain operations. Which ones to use?…

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Construction Sector Giant Saint-Gobain Partners With RELEX in Nordic and Baltic Regions

RELEX Solutions

Saint-Gobain , the Paris Headquartered, construction sector manufacturer and retailer, is to use RELEX’s forecasting and replenishment technology to boost availability, cut inventory and integrate its supply chain across its DCs and stores throughout its Nordic and Baltic operations. Read PDF.

SCM Map Europe: European location decisions remain complex

Supply Chain Movement

The logos illustrate the manufacturers’ choices about whether or not to produce close to their sales markets. Sweden. Supply chains in Europe are facing a wide variety of changes.

Agile retailing: new ways to manage uncertainty, disruption and innovation

RELEX Solutions

In the past 25 years alone, The Limited in the United States applied Toyota’s quick-response modular manufacturing process to reduce lead times from concept to market. Then Zara in Spain and H&M in Sweden rose to near-global prominence by perfecting the concept.

Who said supply chains are boring?: AMR's Top 25 Highs and Lows

Supply Chains Rock

This article in MarineLog reported that "Toyota had to rent a boat in Sweden to store 2,500 extra cars from inventory.". Manufacturing Central. Who said supply chains are boring? Whenever I tell a friend, colleague or family member about my job as soon as the words "supply chain" are muttered I immediately see glassy eyes followed by a yawn or two. Little do they realize that every time they discard or recycle a carton of milk they are completing the end of the supply chain cycle.

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U.S. Is No Longer One of the Top 10 Most Innovative Countries

Supply Chain Brain

South Korea and Sweden retained their No. Value-added manufacturing also declined. The U.S. dropped out of the top 10 in the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index for the first time in the six years the gauge has been compiled. 1 and No. 2 rankings. The index scores countries using seven criteria, including research and development spending and concentration of high-tech public companies. The U.S.

Uberisation of Logistics – Are You Too Late?

Logistics Bureau

Already in 2013, DHL Freight in Sweden piloted a mobile app called “My Ways” to connect shippers with individuals willing to deliver packages along their daily routes in return for a small fee. Published with kind permission of MHD Supply Chain Solutions Magazine.