August, 2017

How Kennametal developed an integrated supply chain by connecting its data dots

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Faced with growing global complexity and increasing demand volatility, Kennametal set out to improve its supply chain maturity, increase data integration and improve its bottom line. But doing so meant developing an integrated supply chain connecting data, process and people.

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Cognitive Computing: Getting Clear on Definitions

Supply Chain Shaman

No doubt about it. The decision support technologies that we use today–price management, trade promotion management, network design, supply chain planning, transportation planning, supplier risk management–are on the cusp of redefinition through new forms of analytics.

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Video: How to Digitize the Retail Supply Chain

The Network Effect

Retailers today are in a poor position to compete against a vertically integrated and fully digitized online giants like Amazon. The post Video: How to Digitize the Retail Supply Chain appeared first on The Network Effect. Digital Supply Chain Retail consumer-driven digital supply chain retail

How Advancements in Technology are Facilitating Supply Chain Visibility

Talking Logistics

While in some ways obtaining supply chain visibility has gotten more difficult over the years, due to globalization, outsourcing, product proliferation, and other factors, in other ways it has gotten easier thanks to advancements in technology.

Chasing Amazon? Learn About Dynamic Warehousing Strategies

Amazon has significantly changed the supply chain rules. This white paper addresses how on-demand warehousing helps organizations even the playing field by combatting Amazon scale with industry scale and meeting evolving consumer expectations.

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Lassoing S&OP

Supply Chain Shaman

A lasso is what supply chain leaders would like to have. To align S&OP. As companies transitioned from regional to multi-national organizations, Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) processes proliferated.

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Video: Digital Transformation for Restaurants

The Network Effect

Restaurants have been under increasing pressure to meeting changing consumer demand, lower costs, and minimize waste. Consumer-driven, digital business networks. The post Video: Digital Transformation for Restaurants appeared first on The Network Effect. Digital Supply Chain Foodservice Many-to-Many Network Retail Supply Chain Management The Network Effect digital transformation foodservice restaurant supply chain management

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The Evolution of the Direct-to-Consumer Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

No one can argue that the rise of ecommerce and omni-channel fulfillment has dramatically impacted the supply chain in recent years. Once consumers were shown what was possible in the world of online retailing and home delivery, their behavior – and expectations – began to change. This shift forced retailers to change how they did business, worked with suppliers and served their customers.

Where are you on your capacity planning journey?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Bill DuBois Balancing capacity can be as challenging as walking a tight rope. It’s a fine line between staying balanced or plunging to your death. Not enough capacity and you lose balance when it comes to delivery and customer satisfaction.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

Women in Logistics: Leading Top-Level Supply Chain and Logistics Operations


Editor's Note: Today's blog is from Nicole Lewis who talks about embracing the idea of women in logistics for top-level talent. When a young lady turns into grown up, and it is time to make a decision about a future career, how many parents will consider the logistic profession as a good choice? In the variety of modern specializations, they would rather recommend studying one of the liberal sciences. It includes medical care, social workers, and many other.

The Power of Downstream Data for Sensing Demand


Source: Supply Chain Insights, “The Power of Downstream Data”, July 2017. POS data helps sense and respond to localized demand. The blue bars represent historic average order demand profiles, while the colored lines represent regional POS demand patterns.

Job Openings and Hiring in the Eurozone and U.S. Mark All-Time Records

Supply Chain Matters

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the number of job openings approached a record 6.3 million at the end of June. Likewise, in both May and in June, the manufacturing sector spanning the Eurozone countries added jobs at the fastest pace recorded in the past 20 years. The predicted supply chain talent perfect storm appears to be prevelant. Supply Chain Skills Supply Chain Strategy Supply Chain Talent Management Supply chain Matters blog supply chain talent perfect storm

Why Grocery Retailers Need to Embrace Digitization Now

The Network Effect

In, Bernard Goor discusses the disruption about to hit grocery retailers, and how they can hold their market share. The post Why Grocery Retailers Need to Embrace Digitization Now appeared first on The Network Effect. Grocery Retail amazon digital supply chain digital transformation digitalization grocery retail

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

This Week in Logistics News (August 7-11, 2017)

Talking Logistics

This is the 80th post I’ve written this year, along with the 30 guest commentaries I’ve reviewed and edited and the 32 video episodes I’ve moderated. It’s time for a vacation.

Time for a Supply Chain Metrics Cleaning


Temperatures on the rise; flowers and trees in bloom; and that time of year when we start to think of the annual ritual—spring cleaning. Wait, it’s not spring; but does that mean you have to wait another eight months to review your supply chain? Often, it becomes necessary to reevaluate how supply chain performance is measured to ensure healthy operations. Ask yourself, “Are your supply chain metrics bogging you down?”

Fix Your Retail Supply Chain to Make the Last Mile Count

Logistics Bureau

Last mile might be the latest buzzword (or buzzwords) in logistics, but not without good reason. If your company is trading in the fast-paced arena of omnichannel retail , this is one buzzword you really need to pay attention to.

Plant-location decisions and potential supply chain risk

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Melissa Clow This guest post comes to us from Jim Fulcher , Blogger on the Supply Chain Expert Community. Last week, Toyota and Mazda signed an agreement to enter a business and capital alliance to further strength their partnership.

The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

Church's Chicken is Reinventing the Supply Chain


Maximizing customer value and achieving a sustainable competitive advantage are two things a company must strive for. Excellent supply chain management is the key to both.

Lassoing S&OP

Supply Chain Shaman

A lasso is what supply chain leaders would like to have. To align S&OP. The processes are out of control. Let me explain. As companies transitioned from regional to multi-national organizations, Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) processes proliferated.

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Editor’s Pick: Profiles in Yard Management Excellence – Universal Logistics

Talking Logistics

Note: Today’s post is part of our “ Editor’s Pick ” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics.

The Many Types of Inventory Management Technology


There are diverse types of inventory management technology and systems, designed to properly sort, control and act upon information with a company’s inventory. As explained by Kenneth Hamlett of the Houston Chronicle , the two dominant types of inventory management technologies include manual and automated systems. But, there are additional levels of inventory management in between. Manual Systems. The basic and most limited type of inventory management system is a manual system.

Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

The Changing Face of Grocery – Part 1 of 4

Supply Chain Nation

The rise of e-commerce and success of omni-channel retailing has driven consumers to be more demanding than ever, and grocers need to evolve their supply chains to meet these rising expectations. There are many components to this shift in demand and this 4-part blog series will go into more detail.

Four Capabilities that Will Help You Be Better Prepared for Your Next Recall


Four Capabilities that Will Help You Be Better Prepared for Your Next Recall. alyssa. Monday 7 August 2017. Mohit Dubey, Senior Director, Product Marketing, E2open.

Tesla Conducts Model 3 Customer Handover Event

Supply Chain Matters

Tesla conducted its long-awaited Model 3 customer handover event. We now know a lot more about this new vehicle, but at the same time, less about how Tesla will manage the huge production ramp-up. Automotive Supply Chain Manufacturing Strategies Product Lifecycle Management Supply Chain Strategy Supply Chain Matters Tesla Model 3 supply chain Tesla supply chain

Mapping the Knowledge Supply Chain

Inventory and Supply Chain Optimization

When I write about supply chains, I think readers naturally envision product and/or material supply chains. In a physical supply chain, raw materials are processed or refined and made into… Supply Chain Management knowledge supply chain supply chain management

The Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

How to Use Machine Learning to Boost S&OP

Talking Logistics

In my previous guest commentary , I shared some of my thoughts on the impact of machine learning on S&OP and described what would be a potential ultimate machine learning solution. In today’s post, I’ll share some concrete examples of machine learning applications used today in the context of S&OP. Machine learning to boost your sales. The first example is to use machine learning for improving the results of your promotions and improving sales.

6 Steps to Effectively Implement an Order Management System


Being in control of your supply chain and warehouse is essential to your success, and warehouse management systems follow suit. However, you need to do a bit more than just flip the proverbial switch, explains F. Curtis Barry & Company.

China's Growing Role in the Automotive Industry


China is emerging as a superpower in more ways than one. As its role in the automotive supply chain has expanded, China has impacted key players; from domestic component manufacturers to the world’s biggest automakers.

How to Benchmark?

Logistics Bureau

Well, I asked Steven Thacker one of our benchmarking management experts, exactly that question! I hope his answers help you. What is Benchmarking? Benchmarking is essentially comparing; comparing one against another.

Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy for the Modern Supply Chain

Whether you realize it or not, Machine Learning is having a profound impact on your everyday life.