June, 2024

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A Treatise on Dogs That Do Not Hunt

Supply Chain Shaman

Waves of hype pass through supply chain narratives. Thought leaders push concepts. Tech companies rally. Without tangible results, the concepts evaporate over time. Each has a cycle, typically a large investment, but leaves no fairy dust residue. As an old gal attending multiple conferences (more than I would like at times), I have listened to speakers waft eloquently about the value of concepts like networks, big data, industry 4.0, and digital supply chains.

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SAP Goes All-In on Artificial Intelligence

Logistics Viewpoints

Christian Klein, SAP’s CEO, Speaking at Sapphire SAP’s user conference, Sapphire, ran from June 3 rd through the 5 th in Orlando. 12,000 SAP customers and partners attended the event, and another 15,000 watched remotely. SAP (NYSE: SAP) is the world’s largest provider of enterprise applications. The German software colossus has 27,000 customers and 300 million users that rely on their software.

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The “Why” for Leaders in Yard Management

Talking Logistics

The famous author and speaker Simon Sinek tells us that we should always start by asking “Why?” So, why implement a Yard Management System? In a Talking Logistics video series we conducted a few years ago titled “Profiles in Yard Management Excellence,” we interviewed several supply chain and logistics executives whose companies are leading the.

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Solving the $1.8 Trillion Inventory Distortion Problem with Karl Swensen

The Logistics of Logistics

Karl Swensen and Joe Lynch discuss solving the $1.8 trillion distortion inventory problem. Karl is the CEO and Co-founder of Pull Logic , an AI-enabled tech company focused on reducing lost sales for retailers, brands, and manufacturers due failure points in the supply chain and selling processes. Summary: Solving the $1.8 Trillion Inventory Distortion Problem In this podcast, Karl Swensen, CEO and Co-founder of Pull Logic, discusses how their AI-enabled technology helps retailers, brands, and m

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Embedded Analytics Insights for 2024

Organizations look to embedded analytics to provide greater self-service for users, introduce AI capabilities, offer better insight into data, and provide customizable dashboards that present data in a visually pleasing, easy-to-access format. To better understand the factors behind the decision to build or buy analytics, insightsoftware partnered with Hanover Research to survey IT, software development, and analytics professionals on why they make the embedded analytics choices they do.

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ToolsGroup Strengthens Leadership Team with Eric Austvold as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO)

ToolsGroup

Driving Expansion and Enhancing Market Presence are Key Objectives BOSTON / BARCELONA – June 6, 2024 – ToolsGroup, a global leader in retail and supply chain planning and optimization software, is excited to announce a key leadership change aimed at driving growth across all regions and product lines. Eric Austvold has joined ToolsGroup as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), bringing extensive experience from leadership roles in software companies.

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Navigating the Journey from Cost to Value

Supply Chain Shaman

It is 2:00 AM. I cannot sleep. The thoughts for this blog post are rolling around in my brain. So, here I am facing darkness while reaching for my keyboard to slowly type. With Pandora playing in the background and my feet slowly tapping to the beat, my fingers find the comfort of the rhythm of typing on the keyboard. This morning, I want to tell you the story of a supply chain leader’s journey from focusing on cost to understanding value.

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Warehouse Automation 101: A Beginner’s Guide

Logistics Viewpoints

Autonomous technology continues to make an impact on the supply chain. The autonomous supply chain , as I am writing about it here, applies to moving goods without human intervention (to some degree at least). While there is plenty of talk about autonomous transportation, including drones and self-driving trucks, warehouse automation is at the forefront of the autonomous supply chain.

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How Much Would You Pay for Drone Delivery?

Talking Logistics

On May 30, Amazon announced that “the FAA has given Prime Air additional permissions that allow us to operate our drones beyond visual line of sight, enabling us to now serve more customers via drone and effectively expand and scale our drone delivery operations.” Here are some excerpts from the blog post: To obtain this. Read more The post How Much Would You Pay for Drone Delivery?

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Beyond the Yard: How Velostics Streamlines Scheduling with Gaurav Khandelwal

The Logistics of Logistics

Gaurav Khandelwal and Joe Lynch discuss beyond the yard – how Velostics streamlines scheduling. Gaurav is the Founder and CEO of Velostics , a logistics Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company specializing in unified scheduling of appointments, dock and yard management and digitizing the gate in/out process for shippers. Summary: Beyond the Yard: How Velostics Streamlines Scheduling In this podcast, Gaurav Khandelwal, CEO of Velostics, discusses how their cloud-based logistics software au

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Next-Gen Procurement: Transforming Processes with the Power of Generative AI

Generative AI goes beyond just automating tasks and providing real-time answers. Did you know that implementing generative AI reduces sourcing cycle times and allows for faster decision-making across procurement operations? In this whitepaper — Next-Gen Procurement: Transforming Processes With the Power of Generative AI — experts reveal how the strategic application of generative AI within procurement processes is paving the way for groundbreaking improvements.

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Why Retail Promotions Fail: You Forgot to Set the Right Goals for Retail Discounts

ToolsGroup

In the bustling world of retail, promotions are often the heartbeat of market strategy, vital for drawing in customers, boosting sales and elevating brand presence. Yet, despite best-laid plans, many of these promotions miss the mark. And it’s often because they’re aimed at the wrong targets. Over the last several weeks, we’ve peeled back the layers of discounting in a promo-saturated market, highlighted the importance of aligning pricing and discounting strategies, unraveled t

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Food Inflation, Part Two: Consumers React to High Food Prices

Enterra Insights

In a February interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell acknowledged, “People are experiencing high prices. If you think about the basic necessities, things like, you know, bread and milk and eggs and meats of various kinds, if you look back, prices are substantially higher than they were before the pandemic.

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Rise. Or Rise-up?

Supply Chain Shaman

This week, I attended the Consumer Goods Forum in Chicago. The networking was great. My takeaway is a serious concern by attendees on the impact of SAP RISE on global supply chains. Here I share observations and take aways. Definition: “The RISE with SAP offering includes an AI-powered cloud ERP that’s managed and optimized by SAP. It provides services and tools built on the clean core approach by SAP, so you can migrate on-premise systems, transform business processes, drive contin

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The Future of Autonomous Supply Chains Part 1: Autonomous Shipping

Logistics Viewpoints

Autonomous supply chains are systems that can operate with little to no human intervention, and they use artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, and sensors to optimize the flow of goods. The main drivers for growth in autonomous supply chains are the increasing demand for efficiency, transparency, and resilience in supply chain operations, the rapid advancement of technologies including cloud computing and 5G, and the vulnerabilities and inefficiencies of traditional supply chains that w

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (June 7, 2024)

Talking Logistics

Remember when I was supposed to go radioactive a few weeks ago? Well, it didn’t happen. I was burned by a supply chain issue (a story for another day). Take two is next week, so before I have to isolate myself for a few days, I’m going out for a bike ride today. I’m back. Read more The post Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (June 7, 2024) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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The Phoenix Factor: How Arizona Became a Logistics Hub with Chris Camacho

The Logistics of Logistics

Chris Camacho and Joe Lynch discuss the Phoenix factor: how Arizona became a logistics hub. Chris is President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) , an organization working to attract and grow quality businesses in the Greater Phoenix area. Summary: The Phoenix Factor: How Arizona Became a Logistics Hub In this podcast, Chris Camacho, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, discusses how Phoenix has become a thriving logistics hub and a prime location for bu

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Retail Promotions Don’t Have to Fail: Changing Your Approach to Ensure Promotions Succeed

ToolsGroup

Promotions are a critical part of the retail strategy, yet many fail to deliver the expected results. The key to success lies not just in the execution but in a strategic approach to planning, optimizing, and learning from each promotion. Over the last several weeks, we’ve explored discounting in a promo-saturated market, highlighted the importance of aligning pricing and discounting strategies, unraveled the complexities of markdowns versus promotions, and delved into the role of allocati

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Food Inflation, Part One: High Food Prices Could Impact National Elections

Enterra Insights

Not everyone is buying a new car or new clothes; however, everyone is buying food. As a result, they know when their pocketbooks are being pinched by grocery bills. Even when the overall inflation rate started to decline back in 2022, grocery prices continued to rise. In July 2022, grocery journalist Sam Silverstein reported, “Food-at-home prices spiked 13.1% in July on a year-over-year basis, a pace that exceeded the level logged in June even as the overall rate of inflation lost steam. &

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Scaling Logistics for Success: A White Claw Story

Speaker: Scott Campbell and Molly Feller

As the demand for your products skyrockets 🚀, you're likely experiencing logistical challenges that are preventing you from scaling your business. The sudden surge in demand can be exciting, but it can also put a strain on your supply chain and logistics operations. In this webinar, join Scott Campbell, Vice President, Logistics & Demand at Mark Anthony Services and Molly Feller, VP Logistics as a Service Operations at e2open, as they explore the challenges that arise when companies expe

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How Electric Vehicules Can Transform Your Yard and Dock Operations

C3 Solutions

If you have been looking at electric trucks for your operation, whether it’s an owned fleet of over the road vehicles or yard shunt trucks, you’re not alone. EVs are a hot topic at the moment, with electrification mandates and carbon emissions reduction targets becoming part of daily business considerations in many places.

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This Week in Logistics News (June 1 – 8)

Logistics Viewpoints

Got pollen? Me too. While I have only recently developed allergies, they generally have not been to bad. Until this year, that is. Every morning, there is a thick blanket of pollen on my car, patio furniture, and everything else outside. The Boston area has been hit especially hard, as a thick layer of pollen has the sky looking a eerie yellow color.

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How Stressful Is Working in Supply Chain Management?

Talking Logistics

As reported by Sky News in September 2023, “The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) said that analysis of data from over 900 companies employing 6.5 million staff found an average 7.8 absence days per employee over the past year…The report said 76% of respondents had been off work due to stress over the. Read more The post How Stressful Is Working in Supply Chain Management?

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Supply Chain 2030 with Ron Crabtree

The Logistics of Logistics

Ron Crabtree and Joe Lynch discuss Supply Chain 2030. Ron is the Founder and CEO of MetaOps & MetaExperts , a global network of operational excellence rockstars ready to tackle your toughest challenges. They’ll diagnose your problems and get you back on track, fast. Summary: Supply Chain 2030 In this podcast, Joe Lynch and Ron Crabtree delve into the critical challenges and trends shaping the future of the supply chain industry.

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2024 Annual T&L M&A Report

Tenney Group, an industry specialized M&A Advisory firm in the T&L space, produced the 2024 Annual M&A Report. The report contains an in depth overview of 2023 notable deals and the market, while also providing the outlook for 2024 M&A.

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Silos with Decision-Centric Planning

ToolsGroup

You purchase your ticket for a symphony, get yourself dressed up, arrive early at the theater, read the concert program and sit comfortably in your seat awaiting an evening of musical delight. But when the musicians start to perform, you notice strings, brass and percussion sections are each playing their own pieces of music, completely unaware of what the others are doing.

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World Food Safety Day 2024

Enterra Insights

Since we all have to eat to survive, ensuring that the products we consume are safe should be a global priority. As I noted in a previous article, if products aren’t safe, they shouldn’t be called food.[1] To bring attention to this important topic, World Food Safety Day is organized jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and is celebrated on 7 June each year.

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Key Steps to Tackle Consumer Caution

John Galt

Agile supply chain planning strategies are crucial to adapt to changing consumer behaviors and shifting demand. Learn key actions to take.

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Manhattan Associates Releases a Ground-breaking Supply Chain Planning Solution

Logistics Viewpoints

Scott Fenwick, Senior Director Product Strategy for Supply Chain Planning at Manhattan Associates. Manhattan Associates, a leading supplier of supply chain and omnichannel management software solutions, recently had a major product release that will shake up the supply chain planning market. The announcement came on May 15th at the company’s annual user conference, Momentum.

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The Art of Consistent Perfect Order Delivery: Smart Order Fulfillment Through Orchestration

Shippers and logistics service providers are pressured to match the “Amazon effect” for fast and efficient service across multiple B2C, B2B, and D2C channels. Perfect order delivery - on-time and in-full at the lowest possible cost – is critical. However, recent surveys of supply chain stakeholders reveal that many don't have the technology necessary to achieve it.

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Are You Using Electric or Autonomous Trucks in Your Transportation Operations?

Talking Logistics

In April 2023, one of our Indago members — who are all supply chain and logistics executives from manufacturing, retail, and distribution companies — submitted the following question: “We see the future of transport moving toward electric and autonomous vehicles. However, ownership, energy sources, and labor relations will change drastically versus the current market structure.

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Recruiting and Retaining Top Performers in Logistics with Charlie Saffro

The Logistics of Logistics

Charlie Saffro and Joe Lynch discuss recruiting and retaining top performers in logistics. Charlie is Founder and CEO of CS Recruiting , a recruitment company that specializes in the logistics, transportation, and supply chain verticals. About Charlie Saffro Charlie Saffro is a recruiting and retention expert, a female entrepreneur, and a TEDx speaker with a passion for sharing ideas around human leadership, talent acquisition and retention, employee engagement, and company culture.

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When People Change, We Need To Let Them: One Associate’s Message in Honor of Pride Month

BlueYonder

A note from the writer: I’m in a years-long group chat with a small group of the closest queer people in my life. We cheekily call it the GNN (Gay News Network), and we share everything from funny memes and ridiculous TikToks to inspiring articles and even our biggest worries and insecurities. Recently, I shared with the GNN some intimate, personal thoughts on change, and in honor of Pride month, I’d like to share an excerpt of that conversation with you.

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