Does your business need a Transportation Management System (TMS) or an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system? For supply chain managers, the answer to this question is increasingly becoming “all of the above.” Over the last 30 years, Enterprise Resourcing Planning (ERP) systems have evolved into large-scale systems that form the foundation for most modern businesses. The ERP is a nearly ubiquitous system used by thousands of organizations to manage business information, providing a high-level view […]
Global trade and free trade agreements – they’re hot topics today and they are responsible for tectonic shifts in various industries and the economic welfare of many. But they’re also topics that require ongoing management by today’s multinational companies and their trading, logistics, and finance partners. Luckily, there is a software application for that. A quick primer as I embark on the update to ARC’s Global Trade Management Market Research Study Trade Compliance That darn tax wedge. I consider trade […]
Today’s global supply chain network is a labyrinth. Whether handled internally, outsourced, or a mix of the two, unanticipated roadblocks to the delivery of goods pop up left and right. These disruptions and inefficiencies hinder quality of service for customers and add costs to suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers. The map to avoid these obstacles is supply chain visibility (SCV). Visibility: The Game Changer Defined Visibility is the ease with which stakeholders, ranging from the suppliers […]
The use of autonomous mobile robots in warehouses is set to explode. Their are very different viewpoints of the best way to optimally manage the combination of robots and humans.
Thirty-three years ago today, five high school students in Shermer, IL spent a full Saturday in all-day detention for various offenses. The five students were labeled a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. To pass the time, the students talked, argued, snuck out of the library to explore the school, and opened up about their fears and the pressures they face. Over the course of the nine hours they spent […]
Over the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about sustainability, green initiatives, and the reduction of carbon emissions from major companies around the globe. This is especially true as companies look at their supply chain. In the same light of making supply chains more responsible, a growing trend is the fight to end deforestation. As the term implies, deforestation is the removal of forests or woodlands for non-forest use. There are […]
With the millions of trailers nationwide sitting idle and unhooked 80% of the time, it’s time to take your yard out of the dark ages and into the digital world. When it comes to the warehouse or DC yard, traditional supply chain management software tools like Transportation Management Systems (TMS), Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) have failed the very shippers that rely on them. And while some “add-on” Yard Management Systems (YMS) […]
HighJump is developing a new solution - a distributed order management solution for facilitating Omni-channel fulfillment. This has been a problematic product category, but HighJump's looks promising.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, a day where everyone is Irish. Or, at the very least, pretends to be. And like any holiday, Americans sure love to spend money. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Americans will spend a record amount of money this year. Just how much money? Well, according to the NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, spending for St. Patrick’s Day is expected to reach $5.3 billion, […]
There’s never a dull moment in the supply chain. That statement seems especially true thus far in 2017. We’re just over two months into the new year and there is already a myriad of questions about the market, the business landscape and how companies will be affected going forward. With issues such as changes to global trade deals, regulations and fluctuating capacity, we are quite certain that there will be an impact on the supply […]
The ProMat show will begin in less than two weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed the show two years ago and personally believe it is (still?) a more comprehensive trade show than its Atlanta-based twin, Modex. I have spent a good amount of time over the last week setting up interviews and otherwise planning my time for ProMat 2017. Those of you that have attended the show in the past will understand how easy it is to […]
Supply chain executives have some tough decisions to make in the year ahead as they face increased pressure to deliver product faster than ever before. The “Amazon effect” has disrupted customer expectations about the speed and visibility of goods in transit. Trying to increase velocity is a challenge when supply chains are fragmented and departments are using a variety of technologies for their own individual operations. A more modern approach to supply chain moves away […]
When Amazon bought a robotics company in 2012, interest in robots for the warehouse soared. Since then, there have been several entrants to the market. Recently, two new interesting solutions emerged.
There are many sayings that tout experiential learning as superior to learning from a book. Well I must agree. I can tell you that there are many stories about consequential supply chain disruptions that have made an impact on me. But none of these made an impact on me comparable to running out of baby formula, baby antacids, or one of the many other items required to keep my infant twins happy. The lungs on these kids […]
In an industry pressured by driver shortages, reducing driver turnover can be a source of competitive advantage. A prominent carrier used the SAP HANA analytics solution to significantly lower turnover.
It’s been a few years, but the first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (bird flu) has struck the United States. Earlier this week, a chicken farm affiliated with Tyson Foods discovered a flock had been contaminated. The flock consisted of about 73,500 birds, which were used for breeding. As a result of the outbreak, the flock had to be destroyed. This is certainly not the first time avian influenza has struck the poultry market. […]
Towards the end of a recent presentation at a prospective customer, the Chief Procurement Officer, asked me his “Million Dollar” question: “So what type of money can we expect to save each year, by using your transportation RFP software?” It was a very natural question, and one which is asked often by customers considering any software solution. I offered him the following honest, but unexpected response: “The biggest factor in the cost of the transportation […]
Price optimization could be a powerful tool for demand shaping. It could be used in Integrated Business Planning to help balance supply and demand. It's rarely used this way. Why?
Everybody makes mistakes, right? And often times, these mistakes are minor and no one notices, or, we are able to fix them before anyone does notice. But then there are times where mistakes are made on a grand scale, or should I say, the grand stage. At this past Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards ceremony, a pretty big mistake happened to close out the show. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope while […]
Shifting consumption demographics, e-commerce platforms, and evolving retail fundamentals are changing the way consumer products companies reach their customers. Stores are requiring smaller quantity shipments, but more frequent delivery, and CPG companies are on the hunt for cost-effective ways to optimize the new pace of product fulfillment. With strategies being turned on their heads, the need for coordination between sales and logistics functions has never been greater. Unfortunately, fulfillment and transportation departments are often at […]
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