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. Kevin is currently the Senior Vice President for Supply Chain Effectiveness at Breakthrough Fuel , but prior to that he was the Senior Director of North America Logistics Operations at Whirlpool, another company that decided to invest in US manufacturing a couple of years ago (see “ Whirlpool, On-Shore Production, and Employee Talent ”).

Shoring up Sourcing Strategies

Inbound Logistics

Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

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Shoring up Sourcing Strategies

Inbound Logistics

Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Trade Wars Put U.S. Small Business on the Front Line

Supply Chain Brain

This means investing in international markets and sourcing from international locations. North AmericaThe U.S.-China China trade war is escalating by the day and the U.S. relationship with NAFTA countries Canada and Mexico is increasingly tense. trade is heating up with imminent E.U. tariffs on the horizon.

Frost & Sullivan: Freightera Among Key Automated Freight Solutions in North America

Freightera

Frost & Sullivan places Freightera among ‘Key Automated On-Demand Brokerage Solutions in North America’ along with Uber Freight and Convoy. The exception may be North America, where Frost & Sullivan predicts that it will be shared by several leading solutions. Starting in North America, Freightera is automating freight transportation and increasing operating margins for carriers and businesses shipping freight. Source: [link].

Supply Chain Management:Importance of Proactive Master Data.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

Sourcing & Procurement. Sourcing & Procurement. ProcureEdge – Sourcing & Procurement. In my current project about a year ago, North America region Supply Chain Planners were having major concerns related with flawed planning resulting from incorrect or no Source of Supply (SoS) for receipt elements such as Purchase requisitions &/or Planned orders. Sourcing,Procurement,Contract & Spend Management (38). About Us. Contact Us.

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6 Strategies to Manage Amazon’s PII Changes

Unleashed

Even customers who buy directly from you, or your bricks and mortar resellers, are influenced by reviews they can find online from sources like Amazon. Business Tips Other Amazon good products multichannel North America UKAmazon has announced that it will no longer send customer details to merchants via API. Here’s Lisa Miles-Heal, our Chief Operating Officer, with her take on the decision. At Unleashed, we champion any Good Product business.

6 Strategies to Manage Amazon’s PII Changes

Unleashed

Even customers who buy directly from you, or your bricks and mortar resellers, are influenced by reviews they can find online from sources like Amazon. Business Tips Other Amazon good products multichannel North America UKAmazon has announced that it will no longer send customer details to merchants via API. Here’s Lisa Miles-Heal, our Chief Operating Officer, with her take on the decision. At Unleashed, we champion any Good Product business.

Coffee Shops Are Already Running Out of America's Newest Milk Craze

Supply Chain Brain

Food & Beverage All Technology Sourcing/Procurement/SRM Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Featured Content North AmericaIt’s called oat milk, and baristas love its light, hearty flavor that lets the java beans take center stage. As more consumers choose plant alternatives to dairy, it’s gotten so popular that just in the last month, some coffee shops were left without oat milk for days, even weeks. To meet demand, producer Oatly Inc.

Will the New Tax Bill Bring Overseas Profits Back Home?

Supply Chain Brain

Sourcing/Procurement/SRM SC Planning & Optimization EDI Communication (XML/EDI) Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Editors' Blog All Technology North Americabased corporations are reported to have between $2tr and $3tr stashed away in offshore accounts, to avoid paying high taxes on domestic income. Apple alone is said to be holding some $269bn in cash and cash equivalents through its overseas affiliates.

How the Pandemic Has Cast a Spotlight Emphasizing Contingency Planning

USC Consulting Group

Evidence of this was the fact that over 60% of respondents said they experienced delays in receiving orders from China, an issue that may have been avoided by dual sourcing. The same can be said for those who use dual sourcing strategies. Particularly popular among manufacturers, dual sourcing serves as a smart fallback because it ensures that if one supplier is unable to deliver a particular product, the alternative likely can.

Increased demand and regulations create new challenges for multi-temp carriers

DELMIA Quintiq

With industry sources reporting record high rates for the refrigerated trucking market, as referenced recently by Food Logistics , carriers are looking to capitalize on the strong demand and tight capacity for refrigerated trucks. DTI), the logistics affiliate of the largest food redistributor in North America, Dot Foods, delivers less than truckload (LTL) quantities to numerous customers who require smaller, multi-temperature shipments.

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Scenario Modeling Is Now Crucial for Supply Chain Network Design

AIMMS

Another use case we see for scenario modeling in the current context is evaluating new sourcing locations. A recent Thomas survey found that 64% of manufacturing companies are likely to “bring production and sourcing back to North America” in view of COVID-19. You can study optimal sourcing locations while minimizing both production and distribution costs. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many risks and uncertainties in supply chain networks.

Webinar: EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: Making the Move to S/4HANA – Why Now is the Time to Convert – Thursday, July 16, 10 am PT

Bristlecone

Its unique architecture and data model enable a single source of truth to drive data consistency and accelerate the speed of business. In this Executive Briefing session, SAP’s Head of North America Partner Solution Center, Nic Vervoort, and Bristlecone’s VP of Global Practices, Prashant Kamat, deliver valuable insight into how and why organizations are making the move to SAP S/4HANA.

Ivalua and Axbility Consulting partner to help companies create value through successful procurement transformation

ivalua

Axbility Consulting, headquartered in New York City, is the North American subsidiary of Axys Consultants, a major player in management consulting with 215 consultants with an annual turnover of $31 million. Axbility will provide Certified Solution Integration & Professional Services for Ivalua across industry sectors, with a focus on organizations throughout North America. is the Axys Consultants subsidiary created in 2018 for the North American market.

Confidence returning as over 80% believe their organizations are ready for the “new normal”

EFT

The survey found that though most organizations have shifted their sourcing models and products or services in response to the pandemic, the biggest change is in how they deliver products and services to their customers finding 61% have changed their delivery channels.

Small Business Manufacturing in America: Innovate, Design, Develop and Manufacture

Supply Chain View from the Field

I had a remarkable interview with a medium sized supplier today, that has truly found a business model which I believe holds a promise for a new industrial revolution in North America. The approach is built on one of America’s most important capabilities that makes it stand out globally: the ability to generate ideas and bring them to market.

Demand-Driven Transformation at Shell

Supply Chain Shaman

Shell’s current shift to the global supply chain is impacting North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Russia, and China. To prove the concept, Nick decided to run a simulation and tested the North America market. North America Simulation Output. First Results: The simulation in North America projected a 35% drop in finished product working capital (the difference between the blue line and the red line in Figure 7).

Food and Beverage Industry Reevaluating Strategies to Combat Coronavirus

USC Consulting Group

In a Thomas survey conducted in April, nearly two-thirds of manufacturers indicated they planned to increase production and sourcing in North America, 28% of which said this move was “extremely likely,” Supply Chain Dive reported separately. It is a delicate balance to run a business in times of economic uncertainty. On one hand, you want to be optimistic, but on the other, you must also be realistic.

Things Have Changed: What Do We Do NOW?

Supply Chain Shaman

The work done by Terra Technology, in my opinion, is one of two accurate sources of benchmark data on forecasting in the industry. The average MAPE for North America was 36% while the European average MAPE was 45%. The average bias of European forecasts versus North America had 2% more bias. This week I interviewed Robert Byrne, Founder of Terra Technology , on the results of their fourth benchmarking study on forecasting excellence.

Bringing It All Back Home – OTR TMS Supports Reversion to Regional Manufacturing

Supply Chain Collaborator

Will the trend toward a return to “regional manufacturing” boost volumes in over the road transportation in North America as manufacturers move away from Asian overseas operations? The survey shows that a full third of companies with global supply chains intend to move their sourcing and manufacturing activities out of China in the next few years.

Is the 3PL Industry Becoming Barbell Shaped?

Talking Logistics

The road to Coyote’s IPO has been paved with various acquisitions, including Access America Transport, which the company acquired last March (read my commentary here ). As the Coyote stated in the press release , “upon closing of the [AAT] transaction, the combined company will be one of the largest 3PL service providers in North America with run rate revenues of over $2 billion, 17 North American locations, approximately 40,000 contracted carriers and approximately 1,750 employees.”.

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Supply Chain Planning BPO: What’s Driving It and Should You Get On Board?

ToolsGroup

Now Gartner reports that SCP BPO is gaining traction ( Market Guide for Supply Chain Planning BPO or BPaaS, 29 July 2019 ), particularly in North America and Europe. The current process needed more transparency, traceability and evaluation, such as identifying sources of forecast adjustments, forecast bias and forecast value add. You know that great feeling you get when you have an expert getting the job done?

Guiding an Energy Renaissance: Questions and Answers With Michael O'Neill

Inbound Logistics

The emergence of domestically sourced natural gas heralds significant changes in the North America energy market

College grads – trouble finding a job? Think welding….

Supply Chain View from the Field

Across North America, projects like Keystone are only the beginning of growth for pipelines in oil and gas. Oil and gas pipelines companies are now beginning to recognize this, and are explicitly considering the importance of a stable labor supply in evaluating construction service suppliers and developing sourcing strategies. We recently worked on a study examining the market for pipeline construction services.

Prescriptive Analytics is Going Mainstream. Is your Organization Ready?

AIMMS

Source: Gartner, Forecast Snapshot: Prescriptive Analytics Software, Worldwide, 2019. Source: Gartner, Market Guide for Supply Chain Analytics Technology, May 28, 2019. Companies like ELIX Polymers and Fresenius Medical Care North America have chosen SC Navigator because it makes powerful prescriptive analytics accessible and allows them to quickly answer very specific questions about their business.

Building the Network of Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

There is an active group in Europe and North America. The group is working on case studies to test new technologies like blockchain, cognitive computing, supply chain operating networks, and open source analytics. July 16th in North America (current thinking is Charlotte or Chicago. Today, I am facilitating a share group. The dream is the building of Network of Networks.

Supplier Financial Health: Don’t Wait for the Worst, Reach out and Talk!

Supply Chain View from the Field

Across multiple industries, suppliers in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America all experienced a sudden drop in volume, leading to a uniform financial threat and risk of default. Traditional methods of supplier risk mitigation involve diversifying risk, multiple sourcing, or switching suppliers, which are not effective in situations where entire regions, industry segments, or supply chains are experiencing financial distress.

Reconfiguring the Automotive Post Pandemic Supply Chain

Logistics Trends and Insights

In addition, with 80% of global car production requiring parts from China, the shutdown made it difficult for global vehicle makers within China and elsewhere around the world to source parts required for building cars. An optimistic estimate of 95% of automotive assembly plants in Europe and North America remain close. Because of the unevenness and uncertainty in sourcing parts, transportation capacity and warehousing availability, the use of 4PLs will increase.

Optis Consulting

ivalua

OPTIS Consulting is a premium consulting firm focused on Source-to-Pay Transformation Services in North America. Our purpose is to bring market-leading Source-to-Pay platforms to our clients. The OPTIS team is comprised of supply chain and procurement experts who understand your processes and utilize Source-to-Pay platforms as tools to drive value across your organization. [link].

Guiding an Energy Renaissance: Questions and Answers With Michael O'Neill

Inbound Logistics

The emergence of domestically sourced natural gas heralds significant changes in the North America energy market

Covid-19 (Coronavirus): Where do we go from here?

Logility

Our digital supply chain platform will help to quickly evaluate multiple scenarios and start to work through our response to rapidly identify the supply constraints and define alternate sourcing opportunities across multiple time horizons. In early 2015, Continental Mills knew the North American Avian Flu might disrupt its supply of eggs in the coming weeks.

Top Insights about Supply Chain Network Design – benefits, tips and what your competitors are doing

AIMMS

Determining how to optimize the flow of goods throughout your supply chain network from source to demand – where do you buy and make goods, where do you store them, and how do you optimally move them through the network. . The majority of respondents are based in North America and Europe and they hold mostly director-level and managerial positions in supply chain. . What are companies looking for in supply chain network design technologies ?

Supply Chain Power 50: Best Supply Chain Blogs of 2014

Supply Chain Opz

Then, blogging and web contents have become the primary source of business ideas for many working professionals. Some Observations Blogs included in Supply Chain Power 50 are from 3 regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia/Australia but they are mainly from the United States.

Supply Chains Disruptions at Highest Rate in 3 Years

Material Handling and Logistics

Among these, natural disasters and weather-related events continued to be a major source of disruption across the globe and especially in the United States, continuing a trend started in 2017. North America continued as the leading impacted geography, receiving a total of 457 events with 301 being potentially impactful. Factory fires were the most frequent event type in the first half of 2018.