Embracing the Digital Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

I love photography, and mused as I walked into the shop on that rainy day in Philadelphia. ” I hate buzzwords and try to sidestep hype, but as I held my mug tight in my hand on a cold Philadelphia day, I thought more about the photo shop experience. Digital sourcing?

Offering Prayers While Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun

Supply Chain Shaman

The city of Philadelphia is eerily quiet this morning. I live in city-center Philadelphia. The manufacturers sourced the peanut butter primarily on cost. On the door of my favorite coffee shop is a closed sign. There is no traffic on the streets.

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Supply Chain: The True Game of Risk

Supply Chain Shaman

The rising complexity of items sold decreases the organization’s ability to forecast, and the longer lead times across multiple tiers of sourcing and supply, increases the bullwhip impact (distortion of the demand signal across multiple tiers of the value network).

Reduce Costs: Invest In Talent

Supply Chain Shaman

In manufacturing-based companies, 70-80% of costs are in the processes of source, make and deliver. While the practices of finance are over 200 years old, in contrast, supply chain as a cross-functional practice (the combination of make, source and deliver) was recently defined in 1982.

Be Careful What You Ask For

Supply Chain Shaman

The solutions optimize source, make and deliver within silos, but lack the ability to drive alignment and improve agility. This includes postponement, common platforms, product formula simplification, alternate sourcing, and buffer strategies.

Building Outside-in Processes: Answering A Question From the Audience

Supply Chain Shaman

Last week, I spoke at the CPHA supply chain conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Retail forecasts are never a good source of data for the manufacturer. This was the inaugural supply chain event for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

Supply Chain Shaman

In most ‘benchmarking activities’, self-reported data is the most common source. for the public training in Philadelphia i n August and the content for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in September.

What Remains the Same?

Supply Chain Shaman

On Wednesday morning, when I finished speaking at the Foundation for Strategic Sourcing in Fort Lauderdale, an executive from J&J pulled me aside and said, “Our strengths, are now our vulnerabilities.” It is Saturday.

Navigating The End-to-End Journey

Supply Chain Shaman

When source, make and deliver report to the same organization, progress is quicker. Companies with the greatest progress have a common leader for source, make and deliver. Wang Laboratories. Eastman Kodak. Nokia, Blockbuster. Polaroid. Xerox. What do these names have in common?

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Much to my chagrin, when I entered into the world of supply chain, the processes of source, make and deliver were usually not designed. Instead, I think that it needs to be holistic to balance the trade-offs of source, make and deliver together.

The Fight of the Titans

Supply Chain Shaman

The field of supply chain management–combining source, make and deliver–into a common process started in 1982. The source of the data is public reporting of balance sheet information. In Greek mythology, there is a difference between a Titan and a G od.

Reflections, Thank-you(s) and Rethinking the Future

Supply Chain Shaman

Last week I spoke at the CLX Logistics Conference in Philadelphia on the future of Supply Chain Management. Open Source Technologies (Examples include Hadoop, Spark, Kafka). Next year’s event will be in Philadelphia on September 4th-7th.

Trying to Throw A Light On Supply Chain Excellence

Supply Chain Shaman

Feeling very green, I stumbled through the airport and found my way to my seat on the plane from Brussels to Philadelphia. <The I need a source of supply chain insights that is current.” Yesterday morning, I was sick.

My Take: The Role of Anaplan in Defining the Art of the Possible in Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

Together, we are testing use cases combining cognitive computing, blockchain, open source analytics, and Internet of Things (IOT). “…the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best” ? Otto von Bismarck. This morning I landed in Frankfurt.

Never Living the Same Day Twice: The Art and Joy of Solving Supply Chain Puzzles

Talking Logistics

Last week, I spoke at Quintiq’s World Tour event in Philadelphia , which featured several customers talking about the supply chain puzzles they faced — in manufacturing, logistics, and workforce management — and how they are working to solve them. Source: Quintiq.

Rethinking the How….

Supply Chain Shaman

In the commercial world of sell, deliver, make and source processes, we do not have the time or money to fund data scientists. The sun is shining brightly through the conference room windows as I listen to the consultants talk. It is buzzword bingo at its finest. The air is thick.

How Do You Define a Mature Supply Chain Planning Organization? (Part 1)

Supply Chain Shaman

It was a sultry day in Philadelphia. Comprehensive view of source, make and deliver. Most often the focus is on transportation or logistics, but does not take into consideration the trade-offs between make, source and deliver. Focus is on make, source and deliver together. Last week, it felt like August not May. I found myself counting the street signs to be sure that I was on track for my 8:00 a.m. client meeting.

Top Digital Supply Chain Cities in the U.S.

Material Handling & Logistics

Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. A look at the supply chain readiness of several major U.S. cities, and their adoption of smart-city technologies.

How Ecommerce Brands Are Helping Fight COVID-19 (Coronavirus) + Resources for Those in Need


They will deliver free, fresh salads and bowls to hospitals in the cities they serve: DC Area, Philadelphia, Boston, NYC, SF, LA, Chicago, and Houston. H&M , the world’s second largest fashion retailer, said it would use its supply network to source personal protective equipment for hospitals in the European Union to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. With COVID-19 (Coronavirus) evolving at such a rapid pace, the ShipBob team wants to help those in need.

How do we Drive Invention to Innovation in Planning?

Supply Chain Shaman

Today, 32% of companies have source, make and deliver reporting to the same organization, and the gaps in alignment between operations and commercial teams are large. for the public training in Philadelphia i n August and the content for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in September.

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2015

Talking Logistics

In my opinion, the best source of practical knowledge and advice are your peers — that is, executives just like you who have already met and overcome the same challenges and opportunities you face today. Elemica : Reveal 2015 , TBA (last year in Philadelphia and Frankfurt). Last January, I shared 5 New Year’s Resolutions for supply chain and logistics executives to improve as leaders.

Integrated Planning: Is It Rubbish? Be Careful What You Ask For….

Supply Chain Shaman

The combination of weather and the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia delayed all my flights for at least two hours on multiple days. Each are good at localized planning within a focused area of demand, supply, network design, transportation planning, material sourcing or finite scheduling.

Bomb Cyclone Hits East Coast


Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Philadelphia International Airport, among others. Because of the higher price of natural gas, some plants have switched to oil as their source of fuel for the duration of the storm. Winter Storm Grayson, bringing snow, ice, rain, and strong winds to the country’s eastern seaboard, is now tagged as a “bomb cyclone” - a label used when the barometric pressure of a storm drops by 24 millibars within 24 hours.

New Kroger and Ocado facility announced in Frederick, Maryland


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Do No Harm…

Supply Chain Shaman

These tools allow us to look at sell, source, make, and deliver together. On October 15th, I will be speaking on the Qunitiq World Tour in Philadelphia.

Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update


Some LTL carriers are embargoing certain shipments to Philadelphia as the city of Philadelphia is only accepting goods for 11 “essential business” types that will remain open. Cast a wider net to source capacity for a “better safe than sorry” approach due to unknown surge volumes.

Spot Market Freight Rates Soar After Hurricane Harvey

DAT Solutions

The Southeast, especially Atlanta , is also the main source of relief supplies — including plywood, ice, and bottled water — headed for Florida in advance of Hurricane Irma. Van rates rose all across the country last week, following Hurricane Harvey.

Top 25 3PL warehousing companies in 2020 (by revenue)

6 River Systems

Revenue data is sourced from the companies’ websites and market research platforms such as Macrotrends. Burris Logistics Burris Logistics is a pioneer in cold chain logistics that started operating in 1925 by delivering tomatoes from farms in Delaware and Maryland to markets in Philadelphia.

Kraft Foods Names Daniel Myers Executive Vice President, Supply Chain

Supply Chain Network

Twelve of the company’s iconic brands — including Cadbury, Jacobs, Kraft, LU, Maxwell House, Milka, Nabisco, Oreo, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Trident and Tang — generate revenue of more than $1 billion annually, and 40 have been loved for more than a century. SOURCE Kraft Foods. Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT) announced today (June 30th) that Daniel Myers will join the company in September as Executive Vice President, Supply Chain.

Open Letter to the Chief Financial Officer

Supply Chain Shaman

Breakthrough innovation will happen through the use of a variety of data sources–examples include sensors, streaming data, Internet of Things (IOT), pictures, weather data, geolocation data/maps, telematics, sentiment data. For most, it is the end of the quarter.

Grocery continues to grow and evolve

Supply Chain Nation

and Philadelphia metro areas. But her go-to source has become the online subscription service Stitch Fix, which lets her try on clothes at home and decide what to keep. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

Florida Refrigerated Freight in Full Swing

DAT Solutions

The ripple effect of Florida hitting its peak was some lower prices elsewhere, as buyers adjusted their sourcing: Atlanta to Philadelphia was down 48¢ at an average of $2.60/mile.

Grocery continues to grow and evolve

Supply Chain Nation

and Philadelphia metro areas. But her go-to source has become the online subscription service Stitch Fix, which lets her try on clothes at home and decide what to keep. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date. This week: “Free from” groceries are changing the landscape; Martha Stewart launches meal delivery; and you’ll soon be able to shop Costco groceries from home. Clean eating is changing how we shop.

Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

How will transportation, inventory, and sourcing policy decisions change in light of this cheap oil environment? At the Quintiq World Tour Philadelphia conference in October, Southwest Airlines, which has more than 18,000 employees across 90+ airports, discussed how trying to do headcount planning, schedule development, and scenario evaluation manually, while taking into account regulations and labor agreements, was becoming a losing battle for them.

Pacific Northwest Heats Up for Vans and Reefers

DAT Solutions

per mile for outbound van loads, however, look to the high-volume, headhaul markets, including Los Angeles and Stockton, CA; Chicago; Columbus; Memphis; and Philadelphia. Rates continue to trend up in Twin Falls, a major market for potatoes, and in Eastern Oregon, a source of onions.