What Kindergarten Lesson Applies Best to Supply Chain Technology?

Talking Logistics

Software infrastructure was almost undoubtedly not what Robert had on his mind as he wrote his credo many years ago, but the adage applies so well when discussing the benefits of multi-tenant technology. Here are four areas of value with multi-tenant technology: Connectivity – For applications that seek to connect users or companies to create a network, the need to be part of a multi-tenant environment is obvious.

Is Seamless OmniChannel Possible? How to Avoid Supply Chain Technology Hiccups


Unfortunately, a lack of understanding in omnichannel supply chains has also led many companies to experience extreme issues in delivering on their promises. In addition, some may feel that growing into a seamless omnichannel sales strategy is impossible without supply chain technology hiccups, but that is not true. Identify Market Trends Omni-channel supply chains are built on having multiple touchpoints per order, ranging from online to brick-and-mortar sales.

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3 Core Metrics & 10 Soft Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance


The average Supply Chain management professional measures their Supply Chain by reviewing cost reduction. Is cost reduction all that there is in measuring Supply Chain performance? Sure, supply chain cost reduction is important in reducing the cost of goods sold (COGS) and increasing profit, but there are other measurements which should not be forgotten. 3 Key Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance Beyond Cost Reduction.

5 Seismic Shifts in Supply Chain Technology!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Lora Cecere is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the research firm Supply Chain Insights at [link]. Supply chain technology is changing rapidly as new, innovative solution providers leave traditional legacy players behind. In supply chain management technology there is a fault line separating new, innovative technology providers and traditional supply chain software providers, and the gap between them is growing.

What does ‘on-time, in-full’ (OTIF) mean in the consumer sector?


and Trading Partner Alliance outline some of the key considerations that should go into developing and using the on-time and in-full delivery metric. The global pandemic has accelerated this trend, and along the way unveiled some major gaps in the world’s supply chains.

Nine Myths of S&OP Technology Selection

Supply Chain Shaman

The technology market is rife with unsubstantiated claims and myths. Each year, I publish a report analyzing the technologies in the S&OP space. I sent the report to technology vendors listed in the appendix with a deadline for feedback on factual accuracy for 5:00 PM EST on Wednesday. Squeezing in this much time to write this deep report between working on the Supply Chain Insights Global Summi t and finishing customer deliverables is tough.

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How Slotting Optimization Technology Fosters Strategic Improvement for Distribution Centers


So, distribution center managers who leverage strategic slotting optimization technology could cut picking costs by up to 50 percent. However, the true benefits of slotting optimization technology go back to the development of strategic improvements in distribution centers in these key ways. Strategic Slotting Optimization Technology and Practices Reduce Carrying Costs. One of the keys to effective slotting optimization technology is data.

Technology and the Supply Chain: What Does the Future Hold?


Decades later and a sizable amount of that technology has hit the mainstream market (can anyone say Apple Watch ?) So what does my nostalgic look back at my childhood have to do with the future of supply chains? Wearable devices, 3D printing, implantable technology, connected homes, automated workforces, driverless cars and smart cities are all on the list. The WEF report focuses on five shifts that will directly influence supply chain.

Why ERP reduces accountability and measurement in your supply chain, and how you can fix it

The Network Effect

Assuming excellence in customer responsiveness is a given, in order to achieve excellence in operating performance all employees should have a solid education and understanding as to how their roles and responsibilities contribute to their supply network outcomes in addition to their budget or financial performance. As mentioned above, technology isn’t the total answer, but is critical to providing the infrastructure to enable these process improvements.

Preparing Skills for the Future of Supply Chain Management


by Bob Ferrari The following guest blog commentary is contributed by Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor of the Supply Chain Matters blog and Managing Director of the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group LLC. My topic was: Positioning Your Skills for the Future Needs of Supply Chain Management , and in this 21 st Century Supply Chain guest blog, I wanted to share some of my key messages to this audience as well, since this is a topic frequently brought up.

Supply Chain Analytics: A Continued & Renewed Focus on Using Data for Improvement


The digital business landscape for a shipper, such as the use of an ERP, TMS, and other digital aspects, such as The Internet of Things , provides unparalleled insight into how an organization in the supply chain can improve efficiency, visibility, and productivity. Through the use of connected devices and greater abilities to capture data in real time, the concept of end-to-end visibility and improvement thru the use of supply chain analytics has changed.

The Case for Less Silos, More Intelligence in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

Break down your supply chain functional silos. Analysts, consultants, and others have been telling companies to break down their supply chain functional silos for as long as I’ve been in the business, yet those silos still remain tall and strong at many companies. Source: “The Case for Less Silos, More Intelligence in Supply Chain Management,” webcast presentation by Adrian Gonzalez, Adelante SCM. This advice is not new.

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Big Data Analytics Can Help Improve the Bottom Line

Enterra Insights

“There is irony behind a discussion of the business value and metrics related to big data analytics, since a lot … Continued. Big Data Business Cognitive Computing digital enterprise Supply Chain Technology Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelisThe post Big Data Analytics Can Help Improve the Bottom Line appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

How to Use Big Data to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

Talking Logistics

According to a July 2014 supply chain research study from Accenture focused on Big Data and supply chain risk management, most organizations have high hopes for using big data analytics in their supply chain but many have had challenges in deploying it. Let’s explore some of the technology changes that organizations should consider as they align their corporate goals and objectives to utilize big data to improve their end-to-end supply chain visibility.

Effectively Manage Foodservice Supply Chains During Disruptions

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Improving supply chain processes can be a strategic way to free up time to focus on the most important aspect of the restaurant business—happy customers. Key to this opportunity is working with a credible, aligned outsource supply chain provider.

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.

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.

Supply Chain and Logistics Resolutions for 2017: 4 Things to STOP Doing This Year

Talking Logistics

Three years ago, I wrote a popular post highlighting “ 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Supply Chain and Logistics Executives.” Stop viewing technology as a silver bullet. With so much innovation happening in technology, it’s so easy to chase the next new shiny thing, whether it’s artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and countless other emerging technologies.

How AI & Machine Learning Will Transform Supply Chain Management Through Software-Driven Automation


This blog is a guest post from Paul Patin, Chief Technology Officer at Logistiview. He explains his personal journey from supply chain AI/ML skeptic to optimistic believer and how these technologies will radically transform supply chain planning and warehouse automation in the future.

The End of a Fairy Tale. Part 2.

Supply Chain Shaman

In part one of this blog series, I started the saga of the supply chain fairy tale. It was a story where people believed that functional excellence leads to supply chain superiority. Year after year, well intentioned people toiled against improving metrics that reduced, not improved, the effectiveness of the supply chain. I strongly feel that a blind focus on functional excellence will cause the supply chain to become out of balance.

Editor’s Pick: Top Operational Challenges Solved Through Supply Chain Visibility Solutions

Talking Logistics

Note: Today’s post is part of our “ Editor’s Pick ” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics. This post from ClearMetal’s blog discusses the top operational challenges companies face and explains how enhanced supply chain visibility can improve each one.

‘Best in Class’ Supply chain from a Road warrior perspective – Part 4


by Carol McIntosh Insight #4 – Embracing Supply Chain Technology as a way to change SCM. I came to the realization that you would get the same reaction from a supply chain executive when discussing supply chain technology. When I refer to supply chain technology, I am talking about software to support the fundamental supply chain business processes — Demand, Supply, Inventory Planning, and Sales and Operations Planning.

Insights from Elemica reveal 2014 Frankfurt

Talking Logistics

the biggest challenge supply chain and logistics professionals face today is not change, which is something they have always faced, but keeping up with the rapid pace of change across a variety of dimensions — technology, regulations, economic and political landscapes, demographics, and so on. Several customers addressed those questions in excellent case study presentations: Dr. Bernhard Herzog, Oxea GmbH – “Business Impact of a Supply Chain Operating Network”.

This Week in Logistics News (September 7-11, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Remembering 9/11 seems more important to me, even if it doesn’t directly relate to supply chain and logistics. Customs Commissioner at the time, gave a speech where he said: “We must reaffirm the importance of knowing your customer and consider the overall ‘air-tightness’ of your supply chain, from factory floor, to loading dock, to transportation to our border. Every single link in that chain must be made more secure against the terrorist threat.”.

The Four Stages of Digital Disruption in the Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

Organizations continue to look for areas of opportunity and inspiration on the quest to improve the operational efficiency of their supply chain. While technology capabilities are plentiful, for many, it’s not immediately obvious where one should start. What I have attempted to do here is provide a staged view on how I would categorize significant technology enablement, with one category potentially building upon the other.

“1+1=3? Opportunities in Logistics (Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2015 Conference)

Talking Logistics

The slides below from CEO Ed Ryan’s keynote presentation highlight the current scope of Descartes’ solution footprint, which includes both software applications and its Global Logistics Network (GLN) — an example of what I call a Supply Chain Operating Network. Sears is leveraging mobile technology that allows its team members to document delivery status without a call; use mapping/Google directions; and take pictures and document issues.

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Technology questions YOU should be asking


In my role as a Technology Evangelist for Kinaxis, I jump at any opportunity to talk to our customers or prospects about their technology needs. At the time, I was taken by surprise and probably didn’t come up with a good answer; however, I’ve given this much thought and now have compiled a list of questions that I think every organization should ask their technology vendor – regardless of what they are buying. Is it limited to certain metrics or views? by Justin King.

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Supply Chain Convergence Making Collaboration and End-to-End Visibility a Reality

Talking Logistics

It’s been decades since the term ‘Supply Chain Management’ was coined to define the coming together of internal and external supply chain players, as well as the planning and execution teams within supply chain businesses. Many supply chain players are still not operating on interconnected systems, or using a common end-to-end process to connect all of their partners.

Friends with Fitbits: Fitness Tracking and Taking Supply Chain Planning to the Next Level

Talking Logistics

What does this have to do with supply chain planning? In supply chain planning, we are driven by metrics. We appreciate the motivation and performance-enhancing aspects of direct and immediate feedback in our personal lives like the fitness tracker on my wrist, so why should we expect any less from our planning in our supply chain? He has over 25 years of technology sales and marketing experience, having worked at Sai, Adobe, Colorbus, and Canon.

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. Much to my chagrin, when I entered into the world of supply chain, the processes of source, make and deliver were usually not designed. Figure 1: Definition of the Supply Chain Organization.

Supply Chain Best Practices during a Quarantine


Learn how to: Keep your logistics on time and prepared Maintain your replenishment goals Properly forecast and redefine your demand plan Use technology to help. Shortages, extreme demand, and panic buying are causing issues up and down supply chains. Times are tough, so we’ve gathered some guidelines to help your supply chain get back on track, or at least to shore it up during these challenging times. Utilizing technology.

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Takeaways from Roadnet perform 2014 User Conference

Talking Logistics

I’ve been using the word convergence to describe many of the trends occurring in the supply chain and logistics field today, and convergence was certainly evident at Roadnet’s perform 2014 User Conference a few weeks ago. Second, there’s the convergence of technologies, namely routing and scheduling, telematics, mobile, and business intelligence and analytics.

The Value Realization Imperative: Optimizing the Value of SaaS Investments

Supply Chain Nation

To be successful, your supply chain partner should put customer success first and work with you to: Understand how your organization defines value; Implement a mechanism to continually measure that value; and Ensure their solutions deliver that value for you. Your supply chain partner should work with your organization, from executive leadership to the front-line staff, to comprehensively understand what’s important from your perspective.

How to Maximize WMS to Increase E-Commerce ROI

Veridian Solutions

A key issue that comes to the forefront of any discussion on handling e-commerce demand will always involve warehouse management system (WMS) or other supply chain system upgrades. Supply chain leaders need to understand the challenges of implementation, how using a WMS maximizes profitability in the age of e-commerce, and a few tips to ensure its success. Get the Most From Your WMS With the Right Supply Chain Systems Partner.

The Business Case for Freight Visibility

Talking Logistics

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