One Type of Inflation is Caused by Supply Chain Issues (And That is a Good Thing)

1 day 1 hour ago

Economists are beginning to speak of “immaculate disinflation.” This new concept argues that when inflation is caused by supply chain issues – like demand/supply mismatches, difficulty in securing products from China, port problems, energy inflation caused by a war in the Ukraine, and so forth – the Federal Reserve does not have to do anything […]

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Steve Banker

This Week in Logistics News (September 17 – 23)

4 days 2 hours ago

It’s hard to believe that Halloween is just five weeks away. And as consumers are beginning to think about their Halloween plans, retailers and manufacturers are looking much farther ahead to the holiday season. One key part of this is to determine holiday hiring (see below). Another is getting a product strategy in place. And […]

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Chris Cunnane

Editor’s Choice: Why Supply Chain Design Is Not a “One-and-Done” Exercise

5 days 2 hours ago

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. Today’s article is from Ahmad Jiwani at Coupa and looks at supply chain design. How often do you revisit and update your supply chain designs? Once a year? Once […]

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Chris Cunnane

Supply Chain Disruption and the Looming Shortages

5 days 23 hours ago

At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, supply chain disruption became a common phrase in the media. In truth, it went well beyond what was being reported in the newspapers and on TV. Supply chain disruption became a key talking point for just about everyone. As a supply chain analyst, I know that I instantly […]

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Chris Cunnane

Making Supply Chain Planning Agile With Modular Planning Technologies

6 days 22 hours ago

“May you live in interesting times,” widely attributed as a Chinese curse, some claim this as a blessing; whichever side you take, this is exactly what’s happening in the supply chain world since 2020, and it looks like we will be living with this blessing/curse for a while longer. Our lives became more interesting with […]

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Asena Denizeri

Metcalf’s Law Does Not Apply to Supply Chain Management

1 week 1 day ago

Metcalfe’s law states that the value of a network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system. In short, each new user does not just make the network more valuable; they make the network much, much, much more valuable. The implication is also that there are network effects – […]

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Steve Banker

An Entrepreneur Explains The 10 Things Needed to Build A Business that Investors Can’t Say ‘NO’ To

1 week 1 day ago

Supply chain management is hot. Investment is flowing into supply chain companies. In 2021, more than $25 billion was invested in supply chain companies in just the first three quarters of the year. One successful private equity backed company is the unicorn Locus Robotics. Bruce Welty was one of the founders. Mr. Welty understands both […]

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Steve Banker

This Week in Logistics News (September 10 – 16)

1 week 3 days ago

Earlier this week, I was listening to Morning Addition on WBUR Boston. One of the guests was discussing the new words that were added to the Merriam Webster dictionary in September. In all, 370 new words were added. When many people use a word in the same way, over a long enough period of time, […]

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Chris Cunnane

Will Cloud Computing in Logistics Replace On-Premises Systems for Good?

1 week 4 days ago

CLOUD computing has spurred a revolution in private and business applications over the past decade. Today, data and software programs can be saved or run in any data processing center in the world. Everything is operated via the internet, completely independent of the location or device. Cloud computing has made installation, administration, and updates significantly […]

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Bernd Stöger

MassRobotics AMR Interoperability – Version 2.0

1 week 6 days ago

MASSROBOTICS hosted a meeting on September 8 to discuss the proposed scope for version 2 of its AMR Interoperability Standard. The envisioned architecture will include an InterOp Facilitator that provides a connection point for all agents (AMR or fleet manager for AMRs) and facilitates message exchanges between the agents. A list of readily supported missions, defined [...]

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Clint Reiser

5 Best Practices to Overcome Scope 3 Emission Reduction Challenges

1 week 6 days ago

In the past few decades, an increasing number of organizations have adopted environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives to help heal the planet as well as to make cost and efficiency improvements in their supply chain and procurement operations. In the process, these enterprises have adopted policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or even become […]

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Alex Zhong

Top Five Transportation Trends

2 weeks ago

Supply chain disruptions have brought about an age of innovation. From a transportation standpoint, this has included major technological advancements. Last week, I gave the keynote presentation at the Dangerous Goods Symposium, sponsored by LabelMaster and the DG Exchange. In my presentation, I highlighted five key transportation trends that are changing supply chains from a […]

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Chris Cunnane

Editor’s Choice: Employee Retention through Gamification – Part 1

2 weeks 4 days ago

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. This article comes from Ben Smeland, Senior Software Engineer, at Lucas Systems, and looks at gamification in the warehouse. While labor woes are spurring many organizations to accelerate their […]

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Chris Cunnane

BD Achieves End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility

2 weeks 6 days ago

Ever since COVID hit, supply chain executives have embraced supply chain risk management. Within this discipline, one of the toughest challenges is how to get visibility to problems arising across the extended supply network. Supply Chain Chaos is the New Norm Becton Dickinson (BD) has been on a journey to improve visibility into their extended […]

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Steve Banker

Editor’s Choice: 10 Reasons to Implement a Cloud Multi-Carrier Parcel Management System

2 weeks 6 days ago

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. This article is from Logistyx Technologies and looks at cloud multi-carrier parcel management systems. Not too long ago, if you were implementing a multi-carrier parcel management system, you had to […]

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Chris Cunnane

This Week in Logistics News (August 27 – September 2)

3 weeks 4 days ago

A few weeks ago, I wrote that Hershey would fall short of meeting demand for the Halloween and Christmas holiday seasons this year, blaming a scarcity of raw ingredients and difficulties in securing suppliers. Well, it’s not the only chocolate producer facing a shortfall. Mars Wrigley has confirmed that it is facing a temporary shortage […]

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Chris Cunnane

Editor’s Choice: Innovations in E-grocery

3 weeks 4 days ago

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. This article is from KNAPP and looks at innovations in e-grocery. Food retailers are predominantly depending on central fulfillment centers (CFC) and micro fulfillment centers (MFS) to process their […]

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Chris Cunnane

Locanis Discusses Its Novel Approach to Warehouse Optimization

3 weeks 6 days ago

Locanis provides a software execution platform called Site Optimizer 360. Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to speak with Bengt Tuner, Group CEO of Locanis. This blog post includes some key points from our discussion as well as the full video interview. I asked Bengt a few pointed questions that I thought would best communicate who Locanis is, what they do, and how they do it [...]

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Clint Reiser

Editor’s Choice: How the EV Boom is the Oil & Gas Market

3 weeks 6 days ago

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. This article is from GEP and look at the impact of EV boom on the oil & gas market. The rising popularity of electric vehicles (EV) is not only […]

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Chris Cunnane
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