June, 2017

The changing role of IT organizations in supply chain management

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Dr. Madhav Durbha I recently read this very interesting book, “Be the Business: CIOs in the new era of IT” by Martha Heller.

2 Signs That the Freight Recession Really Is Over

DAT Solutions

Last week, the national load-to-truck ratio for vans was the highest it's been since March 2014. That was back when demand for trucks skyrocketed because extreme winter weather caused massive disruption to supply chains.

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Basics of Software Deployment Options

Supply Chain Insights

Supply Chain Insights has just started a six month Putting Together the Pieces study on demand planning solutions. This report series provides guidance to supply chain leaders in their technology selections.

Do You Have a Proactive Supply Chain Design or a Reactive One?

Talking Logistics

Every supply chain has a central purpose, regardless of size or industry: getting materials from their point of origin to the place they’re needed as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Designing a supply chain to accomplish that task isn’t as straightforward as it seems, especially when technology is involved. A smart company pays attention to the way their supply chain operates, and that means working with a proactive design over a reactive one.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

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7 Incredible Benefits of Cloud-Based Logistics Management

Cerasis

The cloud-based solutions and applications are quickly conquering the markets all over the world; they deemed to be highly scalable, easy to manage and cost-effective. Small and middle-sized companies are pushed by the aggressive competition to be more flexible and adaptive.

Why Do We Forget to Define Supply Chain Excellence?

Supply Chain Insights

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.

Speed, Big Box, and the Great Unknown: 3 Hot Topics in Furniture Supply Chain

LeanCor

" From trans-oceanic freight to truck driver shortages, from deteriorating domestic infrastructure to last mile headaches, the furniture industry faces supply chain bottlenecks that create a disconnect between manufacturer and retailer abilities and consumer expectations." - Furniture Today Magazine.

The Growing Focus on Last-Mile Delivery

Talking Logistics

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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.

The Two Levers of Inventory Optimization

Logility

When I hear the term “Lever” my mechanical engineering side comes out and I think of the Physics and Mechanical Design courses I took some 30+ years ago.

Driving profitability through advanced S&OP

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater As Gartner Research Director Matthew Spooner noted in his recent presentation at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference, advanced sales and operations planning (S&OP) is like a hotel. It’s “somewhere you visit, not somewhere you live.” What exactly does that mean?

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5 Skills Necessary For Maximizing Logistics Effectiveness

Cerasis

. Editor's Note: Today's blog is from our friend Robert Everett who gives us some fantastic tips for managing logistics effectiveness. The latest news from the world of high technologies: Microsoft is going to store data as DNA. The data science is gaining popularity together with the tremendous growth of information, generated in the world. Investors are spending more money on the neural networks. Humanity is few more steps closer to the creation of an artificial intellect.

Supply Chains to Admire Household Nondurables Calculation Example

Supply Chain Insights

If you’re like me, you might see a long report online and skip past the details to get to the good stuff – the results. When the Supply Chains to Admire TM report came out last week, I scrolled right to the winners.

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.

Top 25 Supply Chains of 2017

Material Handling & Logistics

Our annual look at the Top 25 (plus 3) Supply Chains reveals what the best manufacturers and retailers are achieving as they manage their global operations. read more. Facilities Management Global Supply Chain Labor Management Technology & Automation Transportation & Distribution

What is the Biggest Blind Spot in Your Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

In countless surveys over the past decade, manufacturers and retailers rank “improving supply chain visibility” as one of their top priorities. Yet, despite their focus on this effort and advancements in technology, achieving timely, accurate, and complete supply chain visibility remains an elusive goal for many companies.

The Talent Gap

Logility

What It Is, Why We Have It, and Some Simple Ideas to Fill the Gap. Rising Demand. At recent supply chain user conferences, a major concern for many companies was the talent gap in supply chain.

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How Digital Yards Can Solve Supply Chain’s Biggest Pain Points

PINC YMS

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Supply Chain Network Optimization Technology is Ripe for Disruption

AIMMS

Something struck me after spending a few days in Phoenix at Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference. Supply Chain Network Optimization is key to running an efficient and profitable operation today.

[Video] Digital Technology and Strategies for Effective Knowledge Sharing

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Melissa Clow This blog is part of a video interview series. Check out the video below as well as links to other supply chain practitioner and Kinaxis executive interviews.

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Global Growth Is Propelling U.S. Manufacturing

Material Handling & Logistics

An improvement in the global economic picture is proving to be a long-awaited tailwind for U.S. manufacturing performance. read more. Global Supply Chain News

Seeing the Bigger Picture: How a Global Trade Network Can Create More Accurate KPIs

Talking Logistics

Your supply chain’s key performance indicators support tactical, day-to-day business decisions, so ensuring you are reading them correctly is imperative. The question becomes, “how are you comparing your transportation metrics to what’s happening around you?” If you only focus on the data in your own supply chain, you could be missing the bigger picture, and ultimately, misreading your KPIs.

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

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

Supply Chain Automation at ProMat 2017

Logistics Bureau

Our Warehouse Consultant, Mal Walker, shares some of the highlights from his ProMat 2017 experience. Mal got to see firsthand some of the materials handling innovations as well: Materials Handling Technology

Are you taking your S&OP process seriously? Here’s the key to boosting your bottom-line

Quintiq

A new Sales & Operations Planning cycle kicks off today – but there’s a problem. Upon reviewing last month’s performance, red flags emerge: Sales were underestimated but logistics costs were higher than planned.

Companies in Asia Pacific Eager to Innovate with Supply Chain Optimization

AIMMS

The adoption of advanced analytics has moved at a much slower pace in Asia Pacific compared to Europe or North America. There are innovative firms that are setting the standard for innovation and successful analytics adoption, but as Actionable Intelligence expert Keith B.

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The top 25 supply chains and Survivor

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by CJ Wehlage A few years ago, Kevin O’Marah said Gartner’s Top 25 Supply Chains was getting increasingly boring. Apple and P&G were annually #1 and #2. So Gartner looked at the numbers and created the Masters category.

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.

How to Transform Your Supply Chain for the Circular Economy

Material Handling & Logistics

Sudipta Ghosh and Harry Morrison. Companies that go beyond basic recycling in favor of strategic sustainability approaches are achieving significant business value. read more. MHL Magazine Global Supply Chain Gold

Editor’s Pick: Dedicated Fleets – To Use or Not to Use

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. In this post, Brian Fish, Account Manager at LLamasoft , shares some factors to consider when determining whether or not to use dedicated fleets.

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

Take Supply Chain

Technology research firm Gartner, Inc. 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.

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Omnichannel Supply Chain Metrics: What Should Supply Chain Leaders Measure?

Cerasis

There is no easy way to say it; single-channel retail is dead. Customers want the flexibility of shopping online, over the phone, via apps, social media and in-person. The transition between each of these channels should be seamless, and all channels should work together to create a single, continuing experience to customers. But, how do supply chain leaders and managers ensure their omnichannel supply chain is working. In other words, how do they know it is profitable?

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Digitizing the Extended Supply Chain: How to Survive and Thrive

The digital economy is upending all industries and processes, placing a premium on speed, customer satisfaction, personalized products, and collaboration.