Research in Focus: Sourcing Trends and Concerns

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: Our “ Research in Focus ” series highlights research conducted by select partners on timely and important trends impacting supply chain and logistics professionals today. This bring concerns for transportation costs as we see as the #2 area of importance for sourcing.

Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

Talking Logistics

As reported last month by Jennifer Smith in the Wall Street Journal , “A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory.

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. Figure 1: Definition of the Supply Chain Organization.

Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

Yet the company is at pains to make it clear this is part of a global operations strategy, with devices continuing to be assembled in China and Brazil and components presumably continuing to be sourced from emerging markets based on cost and quality.

Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

To drive global scale, companies need to design the supply chain to buy globally and execute locally. The design of the supply chain is fundamental to making this happen. In our interview of the Supply Chains to Admire Winners, we found a unique approach at Carter’s.

7 Use Cases for Hyperledger in Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

I think defining the future of Supply Chain technology means that we, as supply chain leaders, need to take a hard left. Today’s supply chains use closed and proprietary technologies. I believe we need to move to Open Source tech. Hyperledger.

How to Optimize Port Throughput in Global Supply Chains

The Network Effect

Ports play a critical role in international trade, yet they remain major sources of friction in global supply chains. The post How to Optimize Port Throughput in Global Supply Chains appeared first on The Network Effect.

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Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Omni-channel is transforming retail transportation’s supply chain and logistics processes. Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. Also, is multi-functional engagement important and, how does omni-channel impact transportation sourcing?

Will Your Supply Chain Sink or Swim in the Digital Age?

OneSCM

recently noted a new trend towards supply chain “protectionism,” presumably due to the extraordinary combination of external forces proving capable of disrupting once-optimized processes and, therefore, destroying once-healthy profit margins. appeared first on TAKE Supply Chain.

A Different Solution to the Supply Chain Talent Shortage

ToolsGroup

“78% of respondents to Gartner’s most recent Chief Supply Chain Officer Survey identify talent as the No. 1 long-term supply chain risk”. There is a lot of documented evidence of a shortage in supply chain talent. Supply Chain Planning

VTech: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Financial balance sheet improvements cannot be driven by traditional supply chain processes. In the words of a supply chain leader yesterday, “Lora, please give me stories of success. About the Supply Chains to Admire Research.

Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

Supply Chain Shaman

The traditional supply chain leader focused only on cost reduction. Financial reengineering focuses on the optimization of short-term results that are usually based on a functional analysis of source, make, or deliver. Average Supply Chain Performance in Food Value Chains.

Hanjin Bankruptcy: A Ripple Effect from Shipping into the Supply Chain

Resilinc

Just over a month ago, Hanjin Shipping Co, the world’s 7 th largest shipping and Logistics Company in the world, filed for receivership on August 31, 2016. Hanjin Shipping Co.

Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

For example, 3PLs and software vendors did pay more attention to serving the needs of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and companies in the Energy and Process Industries (see TMS for SMB: Breaking Down the Barriers , Oil & Gas Companies Focus on Eliminating Supply Chain Waste , and Collaboration and Optimization in the Oil & Gas Industry ). Making supply chain and logistics predictions is like throwing darts at a moving target.

Supply Chain Operating Networks Create Supply Chain Rockstars

Talking Logistics

With digital business-to-business (B2B) enhancements, industrial manufacturers can find prospective customers, research new suppliers, alert buyers to shipping delays and foster deeper trading partner relationships. Supply chain operating networks are real game changers.

Outsourcing Sourcing! 5 Lessons from Around the Globe!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Doing business with suppliers located overseas or in another country can be an overwhelming and daunting task even for expert Sourcing professionals. But beyond that he had no idea on where to start to source his product. The post Outsourcing Sourcing! Subscribe Here!

Navigate Shipping Landscape with Proactive Analytics

Talking Logistics

While we live in an age where same-day delivery and free shipping have become customer expectations, we also live in an age where dimensional weighting and quarterly accessorial increases have become a reality from the carrier.

How Retailers Can Use Supply Chain Technology to Get Ahead

CH Robinson Transportfolio

In my last blog , I talked about how consumer demands for a larger and more immediate selection of products are forcing retail businesses to become supply chain professionals. How do you optimize your supply chains to be efficient and responsive when you lack unified visibility to them?

The Gift-Giving Supply Chain This November

Amber Road

Supply chain technology and automation – these are the gifts that keeps on giving this holiday season -- and beyond. And there is something under the tree for every link of the chain from sourcing to shipping.

How Retailers Can Use Supply Chain Technology to Get Ahead

CH Robinson Transportfolio

In my last blog , I talked about how consumer demands for a larger and more immediate selection of products are forcing retail businesses to become supply chain professionals. How do you optimize your supply chains to be efficient and responsive when you lack unified visibility to them?

7 Principles of Supply Chain Management Explained

Supply Chain Opz

7 Principles of Supply Chain Management Explained. Would you like to understand supply chain management concept but dont have time to study from a supply chain textbook ? 1) Adapt Supply Chain to Customers Needs. NAVIGATE. Basics. Case Studies.

Does supply chain’s image need to catch up with the times?

Kinaxis

by Bill DuBois This guest post comes to us from Argentus Supply Chain Recruiting , a boutique recruitment firm specializing in Supply Chain Management. Or does it send a message to young people that a career in Supply Chain is, let’s face it, boring?

The Logistics & Supply Chain of Thanksgiving

Cerasis

per pound for turkey might seem like an expense, but that cost and bird reflects more about the supply chain’s functions than you realize. More grocers operating mean the supply. Logistics Supply ChainThe turkey is out of the oven. Rolls are on the table.

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The “Rights” and “Mores” of Supply Chain Execution

Talking Logistics

Whether you’re talking about the Amazon Effect and the rapid growth of e-commerce, the changing global trade management landscape, or what’s happening on the technology front, it’s clear that the rules for success in supply chain management are changing. The Six “Rights” of Supply Chain Execution. Chief Supply Chain Officers must manage each of these functions to ensure end-to-end supply chain performance. Supply Chain “Mores”.

Visibility in Transportation Management Leads to Supply Chain Excellence

Talking Logistics

With visibility as the key driver for an effective supply chain improvement strategy, businesses today must rely on building collaborative relationships in their extended supply chains to gain visibility from end-to-end.

The Lowdown on Shipping: Parcel, LTL, and FTL

SupplyPike

Freight and parcel shipping. Image source. Freight shipping includes larger goods that exceed parcel specifications. Parcel shipping, sometimes referred to as package shipping, is the most common type of shipping for smaller, more lightweight, individual shipments.

The Data Needed to Transform Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

The Hackett Group provides a useful visual for describing the maturity stages that supply chain is moving through as the industry strives to leverage data and advanced analytics. Supply Chain Analytics Maturity Model (Source: Hackett Group).

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Supply Chain Best Practices: 5 Keys to Running a Synchronized Supply Chain

Cerasis

Editor Note: Today's Blog is from Darren Palfrey, the CEO at Gravity Supply Chain who shares the 5 supply chain best practices to keep your supply chain synchronized. Your supply chain is the same way. Supply Chain

Can Blockchain Unblock Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. What Supply Chain Management problem does this solve? Ironically, there is no “chain” in Blockchain as all players are part of an ecosystem- so in that sense the ecosystem is more of a network than a chain.

Closing the Gaps in Supply Chain Visibility

Talking Logistics

You may have very good visibility in some areas of your supply chain, but have poor visibility or blind spots in other areas such as transportation. Supply Chain Visibility Gaps. John noted that the complexity of supply chain operations is a key factor, especially now that more companies must deal with international shipments such as ocean freight.

What Supply Chain Risks Must Supply Chain Execs Keep Top of Mind?

Cerasis

Risk permeates supply chains. The best-laid plans to avoid as many risks as possible often fall on deaf ears in supply chain management, but supply chain executives who take the time to understand the greatest threats can successfully position their companies to overcome such risks. While there are thousands of possible supply chain risks in various supply chains, supply chain execs should keep these risks top of mind.

Looking Beyond Blockchain/Supply Chain Hype

Enterra Insights

Discussions about blockchain technology generally fall into one of two categories: cryptocurrency or supply chain. Because the technology remains in its infancy, most discussions about blockchain in the supply chain are filled with hype and hope. Even so, most pundits believe there is substance to be found and that blockchain will find a natural home in supply chain activities. One of the first things it looks to disrupt is supply chain management.”[1]

Amazon supply chain management pushes retail to the limit

Kinaxis

When it comes to supply chain excellence, particularly in the retail sector, there is one behemoth dominating the landscape: Amazon. It has leased 20 Boeing 767 aircraft to shuttle goods around the US, and helped ship at least 150 cargo containers from China since October 2016.

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The rise of IoT in supply chain planning

Kinaxis

With the number of connected devices estimated to surpass six billion next year and more than 20 billion by 2020, the steady stream of data these devices are providing can easily crowd and clog your supply chain planning processes if you’re not prepared. IoT supply chain talent impact.

Supply chain inventory optimization – Beyond the analytics

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater From designing, sourcing and manufacturing, to distribution and consumption, your supply chain is at the heart of your customer satisfaction levels. The changes you make as an inventory manager have a ripple effect on other supply chain functions.