February, 2021

Searching for Sustainability: Balancing Economics and Environmental Objectives in Logistics

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

The vital role of logistics and its decarbonisation in the fight against climate change is undisputed. Yet there are still concerns that environmental improvements might impair the economic efficiency of logistics.

Mass Personalization: An Emerging Trend and What it Means for Supply Chains

Kuebix

What is Mass Personalization? Personalization is formally defined as “the act of tailoring a product or service based on what customers desire.” Most companies that incorporate personalization have a base product that shoppers can customize as they’re checking out.

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Supply Chain Planning FUTURE THINKING

Prophetic Technology

The already complicated Supply Chain Planning (SC) tool gain significant complexity due to COVID-19. Without delay, industries of all kinds started pressing for better SC demand volatility strategies and building more robust sourcing materials and goods from suppliers. supply chain

Outsource or Keep In-House: How to Make Your Next Package Engineering Project a Reality

CHAINalytics

If the time has come for a revamp of your packaging systems, you may be weighing the pros and cons of outsourcing. Bringing in consultants, especially for the first time, has its own set of considerations.

Test Your Knowledge of Sales & Operations Execution

Many supply chain professionals have already taken this assessment spanning across multiple industries and 20 countries. The 15-question assessment takes only 5 minutes to complete. Take it now to see how your S&OE process scores and benchmark it against peers. Responses are aggregated and kept anonymous. We hope it serves as a thought-provoking exercise to improve your approach!

How to Break Down Technology Silos to Achieve Greater Efficiency and ROI

OneSCM

A business can find itself unintentionally using dozens of different software products, given how easy it is for individual, siloed departmental teams to implement new technology.

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3 Ways to Make your Operational Execution More Robust with S&OE

AIMMS

2020 was full of surprises. Many companies struggled to link longer term plans with unexpected short term supply and demand issues. With increasing disruptions and uncertainty, teams need a way to continuously monitor and balance demand and supply in order to fine-tune operations.

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Autonomous Supply Chains Are on the Horizon

Supply Chain Brain

Companies are discovering that “people-less” operations lead to more efficient supply chains

How Confident is the U.S. in the Vaccine Roll-out Plan?

NC State SCRC

Professor Dan Finkenstadt and I have completed a recent analysis of relative attitudes towards the COVID vaccine’s effectiveness and the distribution plan.

America Needs a Tune-up for Its Innovation Engine

Enterra Insights

For a century or more, the United States has been known as one of the most innovative countries on Earth. Mir Sadat ( @Dr_Sadat_USN ), a former National Security Council Policy Director, observes, “From health care to finance, education to navigating space, agriculture to climate research, and from Hollywood to the Pentagon, innovation has been America’s lifeblood.”[1] ”[1] Many pundits now believe America’s innovation engine is sputtering and is in need of tune-up.

Webinar on Demand: 3 Ways to Make Your Operational Execution More Robust With S&OE

Speaker: Sander van Lokven and N.S. Krishnan

S&OE provides an early warning system that helps business stakeholders sense and optimize their responses. This keeps the supply chain out of firefighting mode, smoothens relationships with customers and suppliers, and helps sustain margins by reducing the cost to serve.

Virtual Twins, Global Operations and Sustainability

DELMIA Quintiq

I spent a total of five years in AIESEC, the world’s largest student-run organization. My last year there was as Global Chief Information Officer—I was responsible for enabling the operations of the 50,000-student organization via digital technology.

Ultimate Guide To Technologies That Are Transforming Supply Chains

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

Technology can have a significant impact on supply chains, but supply chain digitization still lags behind digitization of other areas of business across many industries.

The New Normal: Predictions for Retail in 2021

ToolsGroup

In episode six of Be Ready for Anything, ToolsGroup’s Pre-Sales Manager for Europe, Birger Klinke, talks about what retailers should expect in 2021 and how they can leverage probabilistic forecasting and automation to adjust to a changing marketplace. Check out the video below.

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Video: Dancing the Supply Chain

SCM Research

JSCM talked to me about my new paper, entitled Dancing the Supply Chain: Toward Transformative Supply Chain Management : Research Resilience Supply Chain Sustainability Transformation Video

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Leading Advertising and Analytics Company Outperforms With a Graph Database

Xandr, a division of AT&T, has built an identity graph that connects information on people, households, and more. The company is using this graph to provide advertisers an ability to deliver commercials more successfully than ever before. Learn more.

Pandemic Lessons For Supply Chain Leaders

Supply Chain Shaman

The Covid-19 pandemic tested the global supply chain. While prior risk management disruptions occurred and quickly established a new normal, in the COVID-19 pandemic, the only normal is constant change.

10 Key Issues The Hackett Group Says Will Impact Supply Chain Transformation in 2021

ivalua

What Will Impact Procurement Processes in 2021? Supply Chain Transformation is ongoing but never more important than in 2021. Every year, The Hackett Group surveys global organizations to better understand their top priorities.

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How to Maximize Delivery Efficiency and Cut Logistics-Related Costs in 2021 and Beyond

DELMIA Quintiq

In the crowded retail marketplace, customer experience is key, and logistical capabilities are what set the winners apart from the less prepared. Companies that are not able to deliver goods at the right time and place will risk losing their customers to one of many competitors.

How Machine Learning is Transforming Logistics

Logistics Viewpoints

ARC Advisory Group engaged in an informative discussion with Derek Gittoes, VP Supply Chain Management Product Strategy at Oracle , as part of ARC’s Digital Supply Chain Forum.

Perfect Delivery: The New Rules for Survival, Innovation, and Growth

As supply chain complexity increases, so do challenges to achieving the perfect order. ARC Advisory Group shares: hurdles faced in achieving the perfect order, opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs, and how cloud SCM contributes to operational flexibility.

Transforming to a Customer-Driven Digital Supply Chain

ToolsGroup

This blog was originally published on [link]. Building a customer-focused, digitally enabled supply chain comes with its challenges, but the benefits make the effort worthwhile.

The Science and Practical Application of Predictive Analytics

Logility

The science and practice of predictive analytics is well established and rapidly gaining ground in the public and private sectors.

AI This. If Only.

Supply Chain Shaman

After a dramatic drop at the beginning of the pandemic, Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software public valuations are near twice the ten-year average. A consolidation wave continued with 299 Mergers and Acquisitions in 2020.

How Green Supply Chain Strategies will help your Company Grow

ivalua

What are Green Supply Chain Strategies? A recent survey that Ivalua did in the UK, “ Gaining the green view, How smart procurement can kick-start sustainability initiatives ” showed that 87% of UK businesses see “greener” supply chains as a competitive advantage.

Digital Order Fulfillment: The Game Has Forever Changed

Achieving cost-effective OTIF delivery across multiple channels requires a dynamic approach. Digital order fulfillment can help businesses adopt a more intelligent, agile, and holistic strategy that drives true optimization and customer loyalty.

Are Ocean Freight Prices Absolutely Broken?

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

Special thanks to Lars Jensen, CEO at Sea Intelligence Consulting and Zvi Schreiber, CEO of Freightos Group for their input and insights for this report. S hipping containers are like scotch. It’s hard to predict what demand will be like for products like these ahead of time.

Designing a Supply Chain Network: 5 Steps for Optimizing Profit

River Logic

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Inventory Planning vs. Inventory Optimization: What’s the Difference?

ToolsGroup

What’s the difference between traditional inventory planning and inventory optimization? Anyone can come up with a plan. The real challenge is making sure it’s a good plan. Optimizing your inventory is a different beast than simply planning your inventory.

Global Supply-Chain Effects of COVID-19 Control Measures

SCM Research

Among the numerous SCM articles that appeared in 2020, one was particularly popular: Global Supply-Chain Effects of COVID-19 Control Measures by Guan et al. 2020).

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Ocean Supply Chain Visibility: Adapting and Thriving in a Rapidly Changing Global Economy

Building off of the lessons and challenges of 2020, what are global businesses and supply chains doing in 2021 to go beyond survival and truly thrive?