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26 supply chain pros reveal the single most effective way to create a winning supply chain strategy

6 River Systems

With new supply chain innovations , trends in logistics technology and advancements like automated robots making a big impact on operational efficiency, it seems that supply chain optimization is within reach for more companies than ever before. However, even with a growing number of innovative technologies at your fingertips, your success still depends on your strategy. ” Meet Our Panel of Supply Chain Professionals: Trey Howard Emmanuel Frost Michael D.

Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

SUMMARY: Because 4PL providers handle a company’s entire chain, including challenges that are thrown up by advances in technology, they are increasingly being favoured over third-party logistics (3PL) providers, especially by big companies with complex supply chains. Transport.

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Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

” Here is an excerpt from the article: “…it isn’t by becoming more efficient that the supply chains of Wal-Mart, Dell, and Amazon have given those companies an edge over their competitors. First, great supply chains are agile. Buffer strategies.

3 Components to a Complete Lean Transportation Management System

LeanCor

When we hear “transportation management system” at LeanCor, we don’t just think of software. Lean thinking can help organizations develop and maintain a fast, stable, efficient transportation management system. When shippers apply lean thinking to people, process, and technology in transportation, the results are significant. Are these practices part of your organization’s transportation management system?

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Sales Can Use RACI Charts to Understand Procurement… and vice versa!

NC State SCRC

In less mature organizations, the sourcing decision will be more ad hoc, will be typically led by decision-makers in the business unit, and the textbook approach of working through business stakeholders at a local level makes sense. What is the organizational hierarchy in procurement – category manager for the category, director of sourcing (transportation and related services), buyers, and CPO? Do they have a formal strategic sourcing program?

Data is the Real Gold At the End of the Rainbow for Contract and Spend Management Systems

NC State SCRC

Contract analytics can provide a summary view on performance and pricing deviations, risks, statistics (expiry, renewal and pending), procurement and sales metrics. By asking a series of questions regarding the type of requirement the buyer was sourcing, an artificial intelligence tool guided the user through a decision-tree that led them to use the right contract and the right tool. This is a key component of the sourcing initiative.

5 Ways to Optimize Your Logistics & Transportation with Lean

Arkieva

Are you using lean in your logistics and transportation management? The transportation company’s culture and behavior should change to apply Lean thinking. Transportation takes time. The need to transport parts also drives inventory up, creates a need for space to store those parts, and uses energy for more forklift time and warehouse heating. The list of additional waste generated by transportation goes on and on. Right Source.

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4 Common Supply Chain Cost Blowouts

Logistics Bureau

Whatever your supply chain role might be, monitoring and controlling costs is almost certain to be an important area of responsibility for you. However, when you’re busy with the day-to-day activities of keeping materials moving and fulfilling customer orders, it’s not difficult for increases in operational expenditure to go unnoticed until before you know it, you’re dealing with one or more supply chain cost blowouts. Inefficient use of transportation modes.

2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

After the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit , I took the time to recharge and took a month off from writing. The presentations from the Summit are posted now on the Supply Chain Insights You Tube Channel. The focus is on the role of supply chain finance in driving supply chain excellence. They are attempting to learn the supply chain; but to most, it is an enigma. The supply chain is a complex non-linear system.

Tell Me Why

Supply Chain Shaman

Recently I had a comment on the Supply Chains to Admire post. Amazon’s because of their breath in physical and digital supply chain, innovation in material handling, transportation, etc and their vision completely disrupting the industry. Walmart excluded who has also revolutionized Supply Chain and is now the largest company in the world (double the revenue of #2), and the 11th most profitable company in the world.

BASF: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the last two decades the company successfully leveraged global scale to define supply chain leadership. With 12,000 supply chain employees operating in 80 countries with 2400 storage facilities, supply chain excellence and innovation are the foundation of corporate performance. For this case study we interviewed Ralf Busche, Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Strategy and Performance. Supply Chains to Admire Finalists.

Supply Chain Planning in Emerging Markets: Four Points to Remember

ToolsGroup

Supply chain planning in emerging markets is different. And while each market can be unique, we found a few repeating themes in our own experience and from sources including Gartner and our customers Procter and Gamble (P&G) and Cipla Medpro. Now supply chain professionals have another different set of challenges on how to get product to the entire country where consumer-oriented outlets (i.e. Blog Supply Chain Planning

Green Logistics: How to deliver efficiently while minimizing carbon footprint

Abivin

Green Supply Chain Management is integrating environment-friendly and innovative strategy while planning the supply chain process. In a standard supply chain process, it has been observed by the economists the rising concern on climate change and growing pressure on the firms to decrease the carbon footprint. Green logistics has a significant role in the trade process, transport and deliver the goods.

Misnomer

Supply Chain Shaman

I am a supply chain gal. I work with many organizations on their supply chain strategies. Let me give you an example: Last week, I gave a presentation at a global supply chain team meeting of 175 professionals. The team was organized around the functional silos of source, make and deliver. “I study supply chains. The problem is that in today’s supply chain organization the rules are not well-defined.

Is A Customer-Centric Strategy the Same as Demand-Driven? Outside-In?

Supply Chain Shaman

The client leaned across the table and asked, “Is a customer-centric supply chain strategy the same as a demand-driven supply chain strategy?” Drawing from the Whiteboard: Building Customer-Centric Supply Chain Strategies. I asked the group to think of demand-driven concepts as the enabler of customer-centric strategies. Customer-Centric Supply Chain Processes. Inside-Out Supply Chain Processes.

Welcome Puff, The Magic Dragon, to Your Team

Supply Chain Shaman

Here, I postulate that the supply chain dragon is data. Supply chain leaders are drowning in data and low in insights. The focus is on growth, but supply chains are not fit for purpose. Their questions were could the supply chain help? The company sold on Amazon, operated its own website, managed outlet stores, and could purchase end-aisle displays in major retail chains. How many supply chains today are stuck?

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Supply Chain Visibility: A Precursor to Insight and Optimization

Talking Logistics

As digitization continues to modify the global supply chain landscape, its unprecedented data sources and solutions will lead to not only the demise of disparate information systems, but to the rise of true, end-to-end, supply chain visibility. For suppliers and mid- to large-sized companies, supply chain visibility serves as the foundation for strategic decisions and tactical improvements across the entire transportation network.

Like A Green Lump of Clay….

Supply Chain Shaman

Your supply chain needs to be agile too. The best supply chains are also designed for purpose. For the purpose of this discussion, I define agility as the design of the supply chain to deliver the same cost, quality and customer service given a level of both market volatility and process variability. For mature supply chain organizations, it is a natural extension of six sigma. Achieving supply chain agility requires a much deeper design.

Time to Survive and Nexus Supplier Index: New Measures of Supply Chain Risk Management

Talking Logistics

Over the past two years, I’ve written extensively about the growing importance of supply chain risk management and supply chain mapping. See for example: Rethinking Supply Chain Risk Management. Doing Nothing on Supply Chain Risk Management. Do You Have a “Top 25″ Supply Chain? Why Supply Chain Mapping Matters. Many Companies Falling Short on Supply Chain Risk Management.

Is Apple Supply Chain Really the No. 1? A Case Study

Supply Chain Opz

Is Apple Supply Chain Really the No. Surprisingly, IT research firm Gartner ranks Apple Supply Chain as the best supply chain in the world for 4 years in a row. But, is Apples Supply Chain really the number 1? This case study will show you the analysis of Apple Supply Chain core processes, challenging issues and complexities of its operations. 1) Apples Supply Chain Model. Supply Chain Model of Apple Inc.

Talk Doesn’t Cook the Rice

Supply Chain Shaman

I have worked for Gartner Group, AMR Research, Altimeter Group and now my own company, Supply Chain Insights. I have now been an industry analyst in the supply chain management space for ten years. I have heard presentation after presentation on supply chain excellence, and I have heard industry leaders wax eloquently on how their supply chain objectives have improved value. Each company and value chain has a different value proposition.

The Elegance of the Costco Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. A “Don’t Touch” Strategy will Dramatically Lean out your Supply Chain! I started thinking about the Costco Supply Chain. What is it that makes Costco’s Supply Chain so effective?

Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

Professionals in supply chain management use various methods to identify best practices to improve the operations. In order to accelerate the learning, this article has gathered 20+ most sought-after supply chain case studies, analyzed/categorized them by industry and the findings are presented. There are two things Boeing and Airbus have in common, utilization of lean manufacturing system and strategic sourcing concept.

How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Shaman

In the last six months, in my travels, I have presented to supply chain teams in China, Belgium, France, Germany, Peru, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. I strongly feel that if I am going to cover the global supply chain that I need to experience it. Connectivity enabled the growth of the global supply chain opening up markets driving opportunity. Supply chain process development is slower.

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Embedded 3PL Relationship: What is it & Why is it Vital to Ultimate Shipper Success?

Cerasis

Like any outsourced partnership to a service and technology provider, such as in a 3PL relationship, it is vital that all sides are on the same page and speaking the same language in the way of goals, desired outcomes, strategy, and execution for whatever the customer and the outsourced provider are trying to achieve. The 3PL gets to know the shippers'/customers' engineers, manufacturing or supply chain experts in the supplin order to eliminate points of failure down the road.

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The Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategy

Supply Chain Game Changer

Supply Chain professionals however are uniquely positioned to make dramatic impacts on the environment. In Supply Chain we are involved in the entire breadth of activities in most any company. As such we have the direct or indirect ability to take actions which can promote environmental sustainability, reduce carbon footprint impacts, and drive the creation of the Green Supply Chain. The Supply Chain Environmental Model. Subscribe Here!

Announcing the Supply Chain Index

Supply Chain Insights

This month, the Supply Chain Insights team will announce the Supply Chain Index. The Supply Chain Index is a formulaic representation of supply chain excellence based on market valuations. Over the course of the last year, Abby Mayer of the Supply Chain Insights team built a database of 20 years of information and over 50 supply chain financial ratios. Supply Chain strategy sessions.

Handfield’s Top Supply Chain Predictions for 2016

NC State SCRC

If there’s anything we’ve learned in the last year, it’s that prediction is not only much more complicated than it looks, and that the volatility and uncertainty that exists in the global supply chain operating environment is making life a whole lot LESS unpredictable. These insights have produced the following predictions about what the leading companies will be pursuing in terms of competitive supply chain strategy in 2017.

SCRC Meeting – Tom Linton’s “Supply Chain Eight” and Golden Winged Warblers : Questions Every New CSCO Should Ask Their CEO

NC State SCRC

Our 40 th Bi-Annual Supply Chain Resource Cooperative meeting was a great success, culminating with the student gallery walk, featuring 27 undergraduate and MBA supply chain projects. Evaluate structural changes in your supply base that could reduce risk exposure.

28 supply chain professionals share the biggest challenges of supply chain management

6 River Systems

Supply chain management is a multi-faceted process with many stakeholders and even more moving parts. New technology aims to make the supply chain more efficient, yet investing in the wrong technology further complicates productivity while hindering profitability. Effective supply chain management offers numerous benefits for companies, so overcoming challenges to keep things running smoothly is a top priority for supply chain professionals.

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.

12 Supply Chain Basics Your Company Must Get Right

Logistics Bureau

If you’re a supply chain professional, the tips and guidance in this post will probably not be new to you. On the other hand, if you’re a business leader who must try to juggle supply chain effectiveness with that of marketing, sales, or manufacture, the following sections highlight the supply chain basics that your company must get right in order to maximise revenue and profit. Supply Chain Strategy.

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Alignment: You Can’t Move Forward Without a Shared Direction

Supply Chain Nation

This is the second in a series of blog posts in which David Gai discusses the top three obstacles to effective supply chain management today. In this post, Gai focuses on the importance of creating alignment among processes and technologies, in order to ensure the entire supply chain is pursuing the same strategic goals. Often, technology tools simply become outdated, unable to handle the data loads and complex metrics of today’s supply chains.

4 Best-in-Class Supply Chains To Watch and Learn From

Logistics Bureau

While I’m a firm believer that innovation, not emulation, is the way forward for any company wishing to differentiate through its supply chain, I also believe that reinventing the wheel is something to be avoided if possible. What I mean by this is that there’s no harm in observing companies with best-in-class supply chains , noting the processes, practices, and initiatives that serve them best and adopting them in a way that fits your own enterprise.