The Essential Reference Guide for a Supply Chain Leader


In this blog he provides a simple reference guide to better yourself as a supply chain leader. Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn The post The Essential Reference Guide for a Supply Chain Leader appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis. Editor's Note: Today's blog is by Dr. Muddassir Ahmed of Why Focus? Supplier Development is a proactive & reactive business process that aims to increase the performance.

Aceelerating Productivity Needs of Supply Chain Reference Model Initiatives

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As many of our readers may be aware, the Supply-Chain Operations Reference Model (SCOR) was developed by the Supply Chain Council (now APICS Supply Chain Council) to assist multi-industry and organizational supply chain organizations make meaningful and rapid improvements in supply chain business processes.

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A Good Reference for Opportunities and Risks Regarding Supply Chain Activities Within Cuba

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In the first three months of 2016, media has been abuzz with the news that the United States elected to ease its business and trade relations with Cuba. The March visit to Cuba by President Barack Obama reflected a noted sea change in US-Cuban relations. Already, there are reports of pending new airline service, the […].

Significant Announcement Between APICS and in Supply Chain Management Skills Development

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Business Process Foundations for Supply Chain Wide Visibility

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11 Characteristics of Supply Chain Excellence

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The term “excellence” refers to the quality of being extremely good at something.

Supply Chain Management Best Practices: Reliability

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Supply chain reliability refers to the degree to which a supply chain yields consistent performance. Increasing reliability, reducing inventory and preparing for demand are top priorities for supply chain professionals.

Stranger supply chain things: Capacity planning lessons from Stranger Things

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As a teenager in the 80s, it probably comes as no surprise I relate heavily to every cultural reference in Stranger Things. by Mike McAllister Courtesy of the Science Museum of Minnesota/Netflix.

Supply Chain Matters Again Cited as Top Supply Chain Website

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Blog Awards and Citations Site Reference Information supply chain and B2B industry analyst Bob Ferrari''s blog Supply chain Matters blog top ten supply chain management blogs Top Ten Supply Chain Websites

Supply Chain Management Best Practices: Resilience

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Resilience refers to the time it takes supply chains to predict and avoid risk, as well as respond and recover from costly disruptions. Supply chains are diverse and complex – so are the potential risks that could disrupt them. A good supply chain management strategy invests in resilience.

The Worst Supply Chain in North America

Logistics Viewpoints

This is part of the supply chain that the oil industry refers to as “upstream.” […]. I’ve been doing some research on the unconventional oil supply chain. Unconventional oil includes crude oil from shale and oil sands.

10 Greatest Supply Chain Management Books of All Time

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As you may notice, the search results will always show number of citations or how many times each publication is referred to by other publications. Supply chain management books that are praised by supply chain executives, consultants and supply chain management professionals at all levels.

Roadblocks and Solutions to a Lean Supply Chain

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Today, a lean supply chain refers to best-in-class supply chain execution; a process that produces what’s needed, when it’s needed, and where it’s needed with minimal waste in time or capital. Lean supply chains gained popularity in the manufacturing sector because substantial improvements can be made to eliminate waste and non-value added activity.

The Myth of a Single Market Truckload Rate: Part 1

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This is typically referred to as the market rate for a lane, and is found by taking the average or median of a sample of TL rates from a common origin and destination. Many supply chain executives believe in, and hope for, a single generally accepted truckload (TL) rate for any given lane.

Nine Myths of S&OP Technology Selection

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In this report, I list 35 vendors and share the strengths and considerations based on demonstrations, discussions with references and my discussions with clients. The problem is that it is new, and in reference calls with users, companies are still working out the kinks.

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China Declares Entry into Commercial Aircraft Engine Design and Manufacturing

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As Supply Chain Matters blog readers are aware, one of our objectives in providing supply chain management focused education is to point out and reference significant industry milestones that we believe should be monitored. Two very recent examples were the announcement of China’s first flexible display production line and our declaration of a new phase […].

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More to Amazon’s Unfolding Expansion of Customer Fulfillment Capability

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In a previous Supply Chain Matters commentary we called attention to a posting from the online site Motherboard describing referred to operation “Aerosmith” launched in September from an unknown corporation and run by Ohio-based aviation services provider Air Transport Services Group (ATSG).

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Let's Get Digital: Supply Chains Are Going to Get Smarter in 2018

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Most of the group’s predictions refer to a continuum of change and digital transformation (DX) within the wider ecosystem of the manufacturing industry and the global economy.

Final Delivery Q&A

The Network Effect

So, by saying “Transportation Socialism” I am referring to the cost of transportation being equal for High Density Delivery (HDD) within a zone as for Low Density Delivery (LDD) in the same zone. erikleenaars/Flickr. Many people regard choices as a good thing.

Why Do We Forget to Define Supply Chain Excellence?

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Supply Chain Index , brief explanation of the index and more references. This past month I attended our Supply Chain Insights Bootcamp training led by Lora Cecere in Philadelphia and facilitated the first course of a Cross-Company Academy training, End-to-End Supply Chain Orchestration.

Good to the Last Mile


In fact, it comes from the telecommunications industry and refers to the installation and delivery of communication services to the end client. Bryan Wyatt | Senior Manager, Transportation | Chainalytics The term “last mile” originated outside our industry. In the realm of transportation, though, last-mile delivery means the item’s final destination in the supply chain … The post Good to the Last Mile appeared first on Chainalytics. Blog Transportation

The Gartner Magic Quadrant: Why Should We Care About This Research?

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They assess each vendor against a common standard built on reference models and other frameworks to ensure they have a clear view on what they think good looks like. Full confession: My team is small, yet diverse – I work with boomers and millennials, and the great generation in between.

Blockchain has real potential to reduce ‘old school’ procure to pay transactions


The latter element of course refers to the complex system of business to business transactions that exists today in most organizational supply chains.

5 Secrets to Master Supply Chain Visibility

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Supply chain visibility refers to the knowing where products and materials are, at any point in time, in the supply chain.

Demand-driven supply chain planning in a push business


Using a previous campaign as a base reference, the system anticipates the behavior of the demand, and realizes store distribution based on multiple parameters. A question we hear often is “How can I have demand-driven supply chain planning in a push business? Demand-driven seems more appropriate to a pull strategy, the opposite of a push strategy. How can they coexist?”.

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


RACI stands for Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, and Informed – which refers to the relative governance structure that exists in an organizational relationship. RACI Charts have been around for years, yet are often discounted. Although RACI “charts” are often viewed as irrelevant and bureaucratic, they can provide an important clue regarding the “decision-rights” for procurement and contracting decisions. This is particularly true for sales people.

Updated Supply Chain Matters Copyright Notice

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About Site Reference Information Supply chain Matters blog We want to update all of our readers that Supply Chain Matters® has recently been granted a registered trademark.

Low unemployment is great for everyone, right? (Not so much in logistics…)


This business model is part of an economic and demographic change towards what has become known as the “ Gig Economy ”, referring to the fact that skilled workers want to work at times that is convenient to their schedule, and are not necessarily committed to working for a single company for an extended period of time. Unemployment levels are at an all time low. Economists are trumpeting about the economy, and how great this is for everyone.

Parcel Shippers, You’ll Pay More in 2016 if You Don’t Take these 3 Steps

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Parcel freight shipping refers to small package shipments. Parcel shippers face hidden fees and complex processes, leaving them with limited visibility of overall freight spend. Transportation LTL Rates

3PLs Show Healthy Growth through Second Quarter 2014

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The scope of coverage includes non-asset based transportation and warehousing services (referred to as “contract logistics” […].

Assessing the True Return of Procurement Transformation on Total Shareholder Return: A Tough Proposition


These components are not covered in most procurement maturity assessments but are referred to as enabler processes. In my earlier book with Gerard Chick on “ The Procurement Value Proposition “, we advance the notion that buildoing a business case for investing in people, process, and technology improvement in procurement is key.

Probabilistic Forecasting: Right Fit for Your Business?

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Reference the video.) In the design of planning systems, it is important to think through the elements. These include data inputs, data model fit, engines, outputs, visualization, ease of use, workflow/what-if analysis, master data, and integration.

IBM Closes its Most Important and Far Reaching Acquisition- The Weather Company

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If you have had the opportunity to view this author’s prior conference presentations on future technology trends in supply chain management you might have recalled my references to the technology-enabled data analytics services related to The Weather Company and its implications as to how industry supply chains can literally predict future product demand needs by […].

How Important is the Internal Supply Chain?

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Without sounding painstakingly obvious, it refers to the chain of activities within a company, specifically, purchasing, production, sales and distribution. What exactly is the internal supply chain?

Our Best Supply Chain Matters Readership Month To-Date

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Site Reference Information Sponsorship Opportunities blogs- independent analysis and opinion on supply chains independent supply chain and B2B industry analyst Bob Ferrari''s blog Supply chain Matters blog There is often a view that during the summer months, when many take vacation time to enjoy warm weather, family and friends, that social media interest focused on the broad spectrum of supply chain management wanes. That was not the case with Supply Chain Matters.

Can Blockchain become the solution for anti-counterfeiting and chain of custody?


A blockchain simply refers to a bookkeeping method that “chains” together entries so that they are very difficult to modify later.

SCRC Executive Roundtable: Combating Counterfeit in the Supply Chain


So this means that brand owners need to focus much more on mapping and monitoring their supply chain, something which we often refer to in the purchasing world as “supplier relationship management” (SRM).

Supply Chain Matters Announces Enhanced Research Center

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Site Reference Information Supply chain Matters blog supply_chain_matters The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group Industry Research Advisory Services Since the founding of the Supply Chain Matters blog in 2008, our goal remains to produce industry analyst caliber insights and commentary for our readers.

The Noob Guide to Supply Chain Definition

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3) Coordination is essential Information sharing requires certain degree of "coordination" (it''s also referred to as collaboration or integration in scholarly articles). What is the definition of supply chain management?

Digitization is not the same as Digital Transformation, and AI cannot help supply chain planning

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Notice that Musk is referring to email and human-to-human communication. And yet, these tiger teams contain all the aspects referred to by Musk, and they were formed specifically to overcome the issues highlighted by Musk.