March, 2019

Control Towers: If Only There Was A Clear Definition

Supply Chain Shaman

We finished dinner. I pressed my neatly folded napkin to my lips. As we waited for coffee, silence hung heavy in the air. My client writhed in her seat and hung her head as she asked, “I read your article on control towers, but I am confused. What is an easy definition?

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Keeping Transportation Costs Down With Packaging

Cerasis

The fact is that transportation makes up about 60% of the supply chain dollar. A lot of shippers blame the high cost of transportation on the carriers, but a lot of carriers agree, if things were packaged differently costs would not be a concern.

Navigate Shipping Landscape with Proactive Analytics

Talking Logistics

More than ever, shippers today are feeling the pressure from both customers and carriers.

Government Report of U.S. Factory Activity in February Again Trended Downward

Supply Chain Matters

Federal Reserve data related to February factory output levels provides reinforcing evidence of a supply chain and production slowdown underway in the U.S., which has before provided a singular bright spot for activity levels.

How ClearMetal Customers Stay a Day Ahead of the Competition

Every shipper in the world receives alerts that their shipment arrived at port 1.5 days after it actually happened. ClearMetal customers get alerted 31 hours earlier. Learn how ClearMetal is giving their customers a competitive advantage nobody else can.

4 Forces to Drive Your Supply Chain Transformation

The Network Effect

It’s a very interesting time in supply chain. There are a number of exciting technologies coming together to create new. The post 4 Forces to Drive Your Supply Chain Transformation appeared first on The Network Effect.

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Visibility: If Only I Could See

Supply Chain Shaman

My phone rang. Consultants, technologists and ex-analysts called to challenge my position in my last post focused on control towers. I love this type of debate.

21st Century Warehouse: How to Keep Up with Distribution Center Automation and Digitization

Cerasis

Picture the typical retail warehouse of 15 years ago: Workers rode around on forktrucks and pallet jacks, picking and putting away product by the pallet load, loading trailers for single stores, or several at a time.

This Week in Logistics News (March 11-15, 2019)

Talking Logistics

On Wednesday morning I flew down to Miami for a client meeting. It wasn’t until I boarded the airplane and placed my bag under the seat in front of me that I noticed this: Yes, I flew on a Boeing 737-MAX 8 on Wednesday, and a few hours after I landed, the U.S.

Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Oracle Modern Business Experience Conference- Part One

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog in the presence of independent supply chain management and B2B industry analyst and Editor Bob Ferrari, is attending the Oracle Modern Business Experience ( MBX ) in Las Vegas. .

Taking S&OP to the next level with supply chain analytics

Many supply chain leaders realize the potential of analytics but need to see concrete examples. With our 30-year heritage in advanced analytics and our experience with Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, we have plenty of those to share. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) tools are increasingly being adopted by companies and while they enable data visualization and collaboration, they often miss the intelligence to recommend actions that improve your EBITDA. Find out how our self-configurable S&OP solution can help you take S&OP to the next level. This webinar covers: How to get more insights from your S&OP using analytics. How to get more "signals" to identify opportunities and risks which weren't traditionally visible. How to spend less time on data gathering, more time on reflection and discussion. How S&OP coupled with analytics will help you make better decisions than your competition.

Unlocking Innovation from Your Supply Chain – Lessons from Formula 1 Racing

ivalua

Afrika Morris, Senior Field Marketing Manager UKI at Ivalua. On February 12 Ivalua hosted Senior Procurement and Supply Chain Professionals gathered for an Exclusive Dinner on the 34th floor of The Gherkin with F1 Veteran and Status Grand Prix Founder, Mark Gallagher.

On eating pie, and other reasons why Pi Day is good for supply chain 

Kinaxis

by Danielle McNeil Taylor Happy Pi Day! What a great day. You have to love a special day where eating all the pie you want is acceptable, the math jokes are endless, and there are always some clever shirts, memes and memory contests to keep you entertained for weeks.

3 Shows In One Location - Oracle Modern Business Experience

Loftware

Oracle has expanded on their annual event by combining Finance, Supply Chain and Human Resources under one name Modern Business Experience. This event provides a unique forum to meet with Oracle partners, knowledgeable Oracle product experts, and forward-thinking business leaders.

The Growing Importance of Utilizing Analytics in the Supply Chain

Cerasis

Supply Chain executives can no longer dismiss the importance of using analytics in the supply chain.

Your Data Has Value. Learn How Technology Can Unlock It.

Supply chain data is flawed, we all know this. Hear ClearMetal CEO, Adam Compain, talk about how the right technology and strategies will give you better visibility and create value within your supply chain. The ability to move from reactive firefighting to proactive planning is closer than you think.

This Week in Logistics News (March 4-8, 2019)

Talking Logistics

We didn’t think he would visit us this year, but then came the snow storm early Monday morning, and with schools closed, Billy Bob Joe V finally showed up. My kids, with the help of neighborhood friends, used their muscles and brains (and ladders and shovels) to build the 13 ft. snowman (over 15 ft.

This Turbulent Week in Brexit Events and Consequent Multi-industry Supply Chain Disruption Planning

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog updates readers on a turbulent week of Brexit related developments and on the implications for multi-industry supply chain scenario disruption risk contingency planning.

The final countdown to Brexit has begun

ivalua

In less than a month, the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union, meaning the end of the freedom of movement and goods, and many of the regulations UK and European businesses have come to benefit from over the decades.

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Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part four)

Kinaxis

by Richard Cushing In part one of my inventory management best practices series I argue that inventory cannot be managed until it is controlled, and present the notion our general willingness to apportion blame upon unreliable data from enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems is misplaced.

Get more “aha” moments in your S&OP Meetings

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.

How Brexit Will Impact Supply Chain Labeling?

Loftware

The U.K. and Europe are redefining their trade relationship. The process has been unpredictable. Logistics Supply Chain

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The Benefits & Drawbacks of WMS in the Cloud

Cerasis

Cloud-based technologies are among the latest innovations impacting supply chain and warehouse management. The concept of a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform allows users to tap into the enterprise-level software at a fraction of the cost of developing and maintaining systems in-house, reports Chad Collins of Supply and Demand Chain Executive. One of the potential applications of.read More.

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This Week in Logistics News (February 25 – March 1, 2019)

Talking Logistics

I’m driving around with one headlight. The driver-side one burned out, so I brought my car to the local garage and they replaced it. The next day, it burned out again. So I brought it back to the garage, and they replaced it again, at no cost, of course.

Preliminary Indication of Pilot Error in Fatal Atlas Air Cargo Crash

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides an update to the Atlas Air Cargo plane crash that occurred in late February. Accident investigators are leaning toward pilot error as a potential factor of this accident.

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The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

How do you move from “what happened” to “what would happen if”? Most supply chains struggle with the first, and the latter is wishful thinking. What stage are you in? Find out where your supply chain is on the maturity curve.

Overcoming Challenges to IoT Implementation

Enterra Insights

Numerous studies have concluded nearly half of all Internet of Things (IoT) projects end in failure. Unless you are playing baseball, batting less than.500 is not great. The failure rate demonstrates the IoT remains in its infancy and implementing it correctly remains difficult.

Apparel and footwear: At what point is missed sales better than excess inventory?

Kinaxis

by Harish Iyer. In adidas’s recent earnings call, CEO Kasper Rorsted warned that adidas would miss its 2019 growth target because its supply chain was unable to meet the huge demand for its mid-priced apparel, especially in North America.

Trade Wars | Intellectual property rights and Section 321 – de minimis

BluJay Solutions

Intellectual property protection is a key element in resolving the trade dispute between the U.S. and China, however, remedy of the underlying issues remain undefined.

Optimizing Your WMS: Are Your Warehouse Management System & Supply Chain Technology Ready for Peak Operation?

Cerasis

Software and supply chain technologies have become integral components of successful warehousing practices. Through a warehouse management system (WMS), a company can gain real-time insight into product location, movement, and inventory. However, optimizing your WMS to drive costs down and enhance product flow is not a small task. To ensure your supply chain technology and WMS are set up.read More.

Real time analytics for your S&OP Meetings?

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics.