Who said supply chains are boring?: Mission Impossible

Supply Chains Rock

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. Without supply chains consumers would be stuck using products that they had to make or grow with their own two hands.

The Toilet Paper Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

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Podcast: VC Brian Aoaeh on the Future of Supply Chain Investment

Requis

Venture capital (VC) investor, columnist and educator Brian Aoaeh is part of the new generation of investors who are unlocking the opportunities in supply chain. Steeped in the investment world since 2008, Brian decided very early on to focus on supply chain and operations investment. Supply Chain Next · 013 – Brian Aoaeh, CFA. It was during that process that I honed in on supply chain.

Redesign to Improve Value: A Case Study of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

This week, I will speak at Llamasoft’s conference on improving supply chain network design. One of the reports that I am writing is on the state of Supply Chain Planning (SCP). In the recent study of the Voice of the Supply Chain Leader , we find that the gaps are large, and growing. As shown in Figure 1, the gaps with the major categories of supply chain planning are great. Interview of a Supply Chain Leader: Redesigning for Value.

Bring Out the Best in Your Supply Chain

Kinaxis

by Kevin McGowan A recent article in Fleetowner shed some light on the human aspects of supply chain management. Professor of Supply Chain Procurement at Rutgers University), the article discusses some key traits held by the best supply chain managers. But the article alludes to something more: the collaborative human efforts in the supply chain, especially in difficult times. Inventory management Miscellanea Supply chain management

How the Supply Chain Planning System Stole Christmas

Kinaxis

These dolls were manufactured in Asia and typically shipped by boat. While this was a cost effective shipping method, the entire supply chain planning system wasn’t fast and took four to six weeks for the dolls to arrive on the West Coast. As you can imagine, Wendy had a bitterly disappointing Christmas morning like so many other kids, all because of the flaws in the supply chain planning system for the toy.

Catastrophic Impacts of COVID19 in Bangladesh Apparel Supply Chain

NC State SCRC

One set of orders to a major New York brand was due on February 17, and was shipped and received by the buyer. How could the buyer change the payment terms after I shipped the product, and suddenly cancel all other orders that were already in production in my factory, for which I have already paid materials? We may also likely see a very different apparel supply chain post-Covid when business as usual begins.

Enabling Supply Chain Flexibility: Two Important (But Often Overlooked) Factors

Talking Logistics

And last month, we witnessed the havoc that winter storm Jonas unleashed along the east coast , dumping more than two feet of snow in Washington, DC, New York City, and other major cities, leading to thousands of flight cancellations and gridlock on the roads. El Niño and Jonas are the latest reminders that weather and other natural events, such as earthquakes, can lead to supply chain disruptions. Robinson freight forwarding supply chain flexibility

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Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

We salute the year’s top advancements in supply chain technology and processes. Thanks to omni-channel distribution, 3-D printing, self-service logistics and other avenues of disintermediation, traditional supply chain roles are rapidly being transformed into all-new opportunities. Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2016 : robot pickers, bridge-inspecting drones, autonomous freight shuttles, and more.

The Day a Cyber Attack Brings the World’s Supply Chains to a Halt

Talking Logistics

“FedEx and UPS have ground to a complete standstill today due to what they say is a virus in their logistics shipping software…blaming the hacking group Anonymous after they declared their intention to punish shipping companies for halting shipments of flu vaccines into China. Cyber risk and security is getting more attention from the ocean shipping community too. This brings the greater risk of unauthorised access or malicious attacks to ships’ systems and networks.

5 Peak Season Shipping Survival Tips: The Holiday Package Capacity Crunch Comes Early

Intelligent Audit

Throughout 2020, disruption took center-stage, leaving companies and shippers scrambling to find resources and strategies that will enable the survival of the coming peak season shipping capacity crunch. However, capacity is an objective aspect of supply chain management.

How to Stop Disruption in the Supply Chain From the Coronavirus

Veridian Solutions

With the holidays over and 2020 underway, one of the biggest challenges facing today’s supply chain is the current public health scare and its associated disruption in the supply chain. While on the surface, a medical health crisis doesn’t intuitively link with supply chain execution. However, with China’s place in the global economy, supply chain leaders must not avoid the meaningful and long-lasting impacts of the coronavirus.

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Types of Risks Impacting Supply Chains in 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

To look at what risks will affect the supply chain in 2018, Rob Savitsky of AIR Worldwide ( a member of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics Supply Chain Exchange program), wrote a blog for MIT discussing three broad categories of supply chain risk. These events also caused supply chain disruptions — although not all the effects may have been fully realized yet,” he said.

Supply Chain Issues Impacting the Country’s Recovery from the Coronavirus

NC State SCRC

From a supply chain perspective, a much greater concern is the shortage of ventilators. In New York alone, there are an estimated 7250 ventilators, and projections are that they will need more than 18,600. The coronavirus originated in China, and as several microbiologists told me, the Chinese government does not allow specimens to be shipped outside its borders. Coronavirus Supply Chain Director's Blog Emerging Issues in Supply Chain Uncategorized

10 Books Logistics And Supply Chain Experts Need To Read

Freightos

There are tens of thousands of books about logistics and supply chains. Amazon has 31,817 books about supply chain and 24,934 about logistics. That’s 56,751 supply chain and logistics books. But we got it down to ten logistics and supply chain books you’ll actually want to read. Why this Supply Chain & Logistics Book List Rocks. The Top Ten Logistics and Supply Chain Books: 1.

Smart Supply Chains Adapt to Overcome COVID-19 Challenges

Logistics Bureau

Almost 75 percent of US companies are experiencing capacity shortfalls in their supply chains, due to Coronavirus-linked transport disruptions , a new study has shown. With some 5 million companies impacted by China’s supply chain woes, the picture is similar in other parts of the world. Those that look for new marketing opportunities despite the brittle trading conditions. Companies That See Supply Chain Disruptions as Challenges.

Transforming Consumer Value Chains: Navigating The Power Shift to the Shopper

Supply Chain Shaman

Success of New Business Models. This week, many of my friends will gather in New York for NRF. Retail was slow to adopt supply chain processes to drive new business models; and as a result, traditional retail redefinition of supply chain processes got caught in the omni-channel hype while Amazon worked its magic to become a market leader. Retail generic products sold through new channels.

A Look at Some of the Biggest Trends in Shipping and Logistics

Shipchain

Life as we know it is constantly being shaken up, and supply chain is no different. Trends in shipping and logistics like the rising popularity of e-commerce and blockchain technology are already changing the fabric of the industry as we know it. Read on for a more in-depth look at some of the biggest trends in shipping and logistics taking place this year. . 1) Shorter Shipping Windows and More Efficient Last Mile Deliveries.

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Mitigating the Impact of the Coronavirus on Supply Chains with Machine Learning and Real-Time Visibility

Supply Chain Nation

A New York Times article from August 2019 highlights how much artificial intelligence (AI) is indebted to humans. Blue Yonder understands the need for data to help our customers plan and respond to the supply chain not only in routine times, but also in times of crisis, such as now with the exponential spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19). The outbreak has a threefold impact on the global supply chain.

Supply Chain Management Challenges All Businesses Need to Understand

USC Consulting Group

Sustained marketplace success and effective supply chain management go hand-in-hand. In fact, 62% of logistics, supply chain, and transportation executives say their companies are undergoing profound supply chain transformation , according to a 2019 report from Forbes Insights. Sophisticated enterprise information technology now propels numerous operational functions, including supply chains.

The American Revolution and the Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

Few people, however, think about the war for independence and the vital role played by the supply chain. 1] He writes: “The Navigation Acts mandated that the Colonies’ only trade with Great Britain, only export their goods on British (or Colonist) ships, and pay duties to the King on any goods not imported from Great Britain. Once the revolution commenced, trade and the supply chain continued to play an important role.

Will NYSHEX Lift Container Shipping Service Levels?

Supply Chain @ MIT

The New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX), due to be piloted in January 2016, aims to overcome the chronic inefficiencies that afflict ocean transportation and add cost to global supply chains. Gordon Downes, Founder and CEO of NYSHEX, explained the rationale behind the new market in a presentation at MIT CTL’s Supply Chain Innovation Summit 2015, […].

How The Coronavirus Epidemic is Throttling Global Supply Chains

Logistics Bureau

Containers are piling up in ports, international shipping has been hammered, Western companies are battling to source products from traditional suppliers, and disruptions are being experienced throughout the global supply chain. Once China was hit by a Coronavirus epidemic and factories ordered closed, it was inevitable that global supply chains would be affected. COVID-19 Impact on Shipping. Deere is using costly expedited shipping to avoid disruptions.

Amazon Takes On the Fashion Supply Chain

Elementum

Amazon is not new to fashion. The company also sponsored the 2015 New York Men's fashion week for the first time. First, Amazon is aware of the challenges with supply chain operations; for more than a decade now, the company was able to handle quick warehousing and delivery for its brands with its well-developed delivery network and regional fulfillment centers that has allowed the company to cut shipping costs.

Blank Sailings Due to Corona Virus-Increasing Shipping Costs

Shipsy

With container exports from China reduced drastically, Shipping lines were losing millions of dollars sailing as per committed schedule but with ships partially filled. The only way to sail with good volume so that the journey is profitable for the shipping line is to reduce the total sailings between a pair of ports. This will mean that containers pile up at the port for every missed sailing and thus when the ship does sail, it sees a good volume.

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Which Season is Best For Supply Chains?

AFFLINK

The same is true for supply chains, which experience highs and lows all year long thanks to the seasons themselves. The Supply Chains and the Seasons: What You Need to Know. Driven by the rise of e-commerce, shipment volumes do increase dramatically from Thanksgiving to Christmas as A) companies ship more product to stores, and B) people buy more products as gifts in preparation for Christmas. The Seasonal Challenges of Supply Chain Planning.

Warby Parker vs Luxottica: Supply Chain Disintermediation in the Eyewear Industry

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

Luxottica maintains a warehouse in Atlanta and ships roughly 470k units of inventory each week - 300k to retail locations and 170k as wholesale to independent opticians and department stores. Luxottica presumably uses a dual sourcing and a base-surge strategy for some eyewear models with China being their low cost far away source for base supply and Italy being the close source to meet surges in demand. Supply Chain Differences.

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Blank Sailings Due to Corona Virus-Increasing Shipping Costs

Shipsy

With container exports from China reduced drastically, Shipping lines were losing millions of dollars sailing as per committed schedule but with ships partially filled. Empty containers are in short supply and thus the cost for containers is rising. What is Blank Sailing?

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Unlocking the Value of Global Supply Chain: the Case Studies

Supply Chain Opz

Global supply chain is a very challenging subject in supply chain management because it involves different customer''s requirement, more complex operations/collaboration and unforeseen risks. In order to control its supply chain, they use a central warehouse to Germany to receive and ship products to local distribution centers in different countries. 2) Franchising Coca-Cola creates a global supply chain through a franchising model.

UPS Executive Shares Insights on Total Cost of Ownership in the Electronics Supply Chain

Supply Chain View from the Field

A native New Yorker, Ken turned down a career in finance and banking for an action-packed and exciting career in the world of global logistics. In this case, the context was an annual bid and quote negotiation they had to do with electronic manufacturers who wanted to ship products from the factories in Asia to the US. It took UPS years to develop the China-global electronics market supply chain, and we were not very profitable during the early years.

Visibility the Key to Keeping Pace with Increasing Supply Chain Complexity

BluJay Solutions

After years of continuous physical expansion, with mega-stores and mega-trucks having progressively replaced their supersized siblings and expansion of retailers’ high street presence a critical measure of their success, the retail supply chain is now adjusting to a wider and more diverse variety of just about everything. Sign up for our Supply Chain in Motion newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest news and industry developments.

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Xiaomi & The Supply Chain Behind the World's Highest Valued Smartphone Startup

Elementum

From 2013 to 2014, the number of units Xiaomi shipped in China grew 186 percent, while its total worldwide shipments grew 224 percent. At the end of 2014, Xiaomi edged out Samsung for the title of most popular smartphone in China—shipping 12.5 From the outset of the venture, founder Lei Jun was focused on establishing and maintaining a high quality supply chain, and not without reason. Now, Xiaomi is looking to expand its market (and supply chain) out of China.

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How the Coronavirus is underscoring the relevance of Global Supply Chain throughput: From the Frontlines of Yokohama, Milan, and Southern Florida

ThroughPut

Some are concerned about a pandemic, others about the deceleration of the global supply chain and its effect on their bottom lines, and yet others about their employees, customers and families. This role became the foundation of my real-world supply chain background, where I eventually became specialized in high-risk operations. And now, the biotech and supply chain paths have finally converged in my life after a decade, and the dots have all connected.

Xiaomi & The Supply Chain Behind the World's Highest Valued Smartphone Startup

Elementum

From 2013 to 2014, the number of units Xiaomi shipped in China grew 186 percent, while its total worldwide shipments grew 224 percent. At the end of 2014, Xiaomi edged out Samsung for the title of most popular smartphone in China—shipping 12.5 From the outset of the venture, founder Lei Jun was focused on establishing and maintaining a high quality supply chain, and not without reason. Now, Xiaomi is looking to expand its market (and supply chain) out of China.

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This Week in Logistics News (February 5-9, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Now Cow rests in peace in a New Balance shoe box in our family room. While I think this through, here are the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS (WSJ – sub. P&G Remaking Supply Chain Network (WSJ – sub. Shipping with Amazon. P&G Redesigning Supply Chain Network. Our guinea pig Cow died this morning.