October, 2017

Three Cool Technologies

Supply Chain Shaman

Oh my! The blog post, What About Them Apples , raised a lot of heated discussion on LinkedIn. Quite the dust-up… Why? While I am advocating rethinking supply chain planning, for some consultants, the only path forward is the adoption of DDRMP. The recommendation is a broad-brush approach.

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Warehouse Management Cost Savings: How to Build a Warehouse Management Strategy Built on Efficiency

Cerasis

An effective warehouse management strategy can successfully reduce rework and drive warehouse management cost savings. However, poor decisions and assumptions can lead to the buildup of other inefficiencies, diminishing the value of your existing warehouse management strategy.

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Supply chain agility, the disillusioned data scientist, Amazon effect, and other tales from LogiPharma US 2017

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Dr. Madhav Durbha I was at the recent LogiPharma US conference for the pharmaceutical supply chain leaders. However, most of the insights and the stories I took away from the event are applicable to other industries as well. Here they are: 1.

Spot Market Van Rates Soared in September

DAT Solutions

The national average van rate rose for the fifth week in a row. At $1.97 per mile , the average rate in September was 18¢ higher than the August average, and 35¢ higher than September 2016. The national load-to-truck ratio also hit 7.0

The Value of Supply Chain Planning in Process Manufacturing

Supply Chain Planning (SCP) is enormously important to those process manufacturers that aspire to differentiated performance -- not just large enterprise businesses but companies of all sizes.

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The 9 Key Considerations of an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy

Cerasis

Understanding last mile logistics is only half the battle. Shippers need to reevaluate their existing last mile logistics processes and devise an effective last mile logistics strategy that aligns consumer and business expectation. This is the only way shippers can safeguard their position in the market and continue to provide products to their consumer basis. In fact, an effective last mile logistics strategy must consider these nine key points.

Supply chain data: Bad data delivered faster is still bad data, and leads to bad decisions

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by CJ Wehlage When approaching the concept of knowing sooner and acting faster, and the value of concurrent planning, the most common feedback I get from supply chain executives is: “But my data is bad… I mean, really bad.”.

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Using Intelligence Over Scale: The Power of AI and Machine Learning in Supply Chain and Logistics

Talking Logistics

Artificial Intelligence. Machine Learning. Predictive Logistics. These topics are getting a lot of attention today, but they’re also generating a lot of questions from supply chain and logistics executives. What are these technologies? How can they help? What’s real and what’s hype today? What should I do to get started? Those are some of the questions I discussed with Adam Compain, CEO at ClearMetal , in a recent episode of Talking Logistics.

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Inventory Optimization: How to Handle Slow Movers

Supply Chain Nation

Do you know how many boxes of raspberry gourmet coffee Kroger should keep at their store in rural Georgia? How would that computation be different from the logic needed to calculate the number of boxes of Corn Flakes at the same store? Raspberry gourmet coffee is likely what is known as a slow mover.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

The Difference between IO and MEIO

Logility

Travelling often, I run into a frustrating, yet common, problem--delays due to weather conditions at airports that are not either where I am or where I am going, but instead where the inbound aircraft is from.

AGCO: Driving a Digital Manufacturing Transformation

Supply Chain Shaman

Today, I got a quick email from Peggy Gulick. Peggy was a speaker at the Supply Chain Global Summit. She had some exciting news. AGCO was honored to receive the AME 2017 Excellence Award. Congrats to the Agco team. I loved Peggy’s presentation at the Summit.

What Are the Trends in Last Mile Logistics?

Cerasis

Shippers face many challenges in successfully delivering products to end-users, and last mile logistics will be a core focus of change in the coming months. Consumer demands and expectations are rising, and up to 25 percent of consumers are willing to pay extra for same-day delivery.

AI, ML aren’t magic pixie dust, and other supply chain insights from Kinexions day one

The 21st Century Supply Chain

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.

Bridging the Gap Between Supply Chain Design and Planning

Talking Logistics

From demand shifts and evolving customer preferences, to new product introductions and sales strategies, volatility creates a continuously moving target for supply chain managers.

U.S. Production and Supply Chain Volumes at Record Highs in September

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters highlights this week’s announcement of the September ISM Manufacturing PMI, which reflects the highest level of overall production and supply chain momentum in more than two years. Procurement and Sourcing Sales and Operations Planning 2017 global supply chain trends Supply chain Matters blog

The Last Mile of Delivery: Getting Shorter and Ever More Important

FLEXE

You order something online, as we do. And come home to a package waiting for you on the front doorstep. Even if you get a notification that the package has been delivered, it’s a great feeling—mini gifts and tidbits we send ourselves throughout the year (even when it’s toilet paper).

The Logistics of Fidget Spinners: Amazon vs Alibaba

Freightos

The Logistics of Fidget Spinners. How Jack and Jeff Are Reshaping Global Retail. By Eytan Buchman, VP Marketing, Freightos. . Amazon has 27 airplanes and 258 supply chain facilities in the United States. Alibaba just announced $15 billion dollars to be invested in its global logistics network.

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.

Last Mile Delivery Logistics Demand on the Rise, But Complexity Puzzles Shippers

Cerasis

More consumers want faster, free delivery options from shippers. While new technologies, like drone delivery, big data analytics and the Internet of things (IoT) push the boundaries of traditional last mile delivery logistics, growing complexity continues to puzzle shippers.

Whole Foods is Cutting Prices — And it’s Hitting Trader Joe’s Hard

Supply Chain Nation

Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date. This week: Whole Foods is cutting prices and it’s hitting Trader Joe’s hard, Whole Foods has already sold approximately $1.6 million worth of its private-label products through Amazon, Wal-Mart tries to battle Amazon by taking Jet.com upscale, bias is the real artificial intelligence (AI) danger, not killer robots and U.S.

The Next Time You Order a Fruit Cup (The Complexities of the Fresh Food Supply Chain)

Talking Logistics

Not all supply chains are created equal and that’s certainly true when it comes to the fresh food supply chain. There are a lot of unique considerations in the overall procurement-to-delivery process, everything from temperature control to ensuring food safety. So, what does it take to improve operational effectiveness and reduce total landed costs in the fresh food supply chain?

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Think Differently

Logility

Stop for a moment and imagine the supply chain differently. These were Supply Chain Insights’ founder Lora Cecere’s opening remarks at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in Atlanta earlier this month. The customer is changing, business is changing, the world is changing.

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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.

Unlocking Supply Chain Value from Unsaleable Products

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

Lauro Diazzesati, Olivia Kussoy, Mike Lee, Datra Oliver, Felipe Caro. As shelf space is a valuable, yet limited resource, products that retailers cannot sell (unsaleables) are an issue that need to be dealt with constantly.

If Only There Were More Choices

Supply Chain Shaman

The supply chain technology market is in transition. Over the last three decades, the market weathered consolidations, mergers and technology shifts. Many of the clients I work with are nervous about SAP APO’s transition and the evolution of SAP’s supply chain planning solutions.

The next frontier: supply chain data architecture for your needs, not to feed the needs of numerous supply chain tech vendors

AIMMS

Data overload and quality issues are common problems faced by all organizations. This makes it really difficult to start getting value out of data with analytics.

Blockchain: Harnessing Data, Enabling the Future IoSC

APICS

In the previous blog post from the Research, Innovation and Strategy Committee’s Sensing Subcommittee, we discussed the internet of supply chains (IoSC). In the following post, we will address how blockchain can be the technology that enables the future of IoSC

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

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

The Takeaway from CSCMP Conference: The Data Problem Runs Deep

Talking Logistics

This year’s CSCMP conference reinforced that we’re in the early days of a massive transformation.

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Ensuring Reliability in Supply Chain

Logility

Catalonia Independence Crisis Requires Close Monitoring by Supply Chain Experts

Resilinc

Many economic, capacity and labor challenges resulting from the independence process could cause serious issues for supply chains dependent on Spain and beyond. supply chain risk management

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Aligning Your Supply Chain Planning Message with Your CEO

ToolsGroup

In my first blog post in 2014 ( What Drives Your CEO in the Corner Office ) I reported that a Gartner survey showed that CEOs prioritize growth over cost savings. I advised supply chain leaders to ensure that their initiatives were seen by chief executives as engines for growth.

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.