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Supply Chain Visibility: We Should Be Striving for More

  Supply Chain Visibility: We Should Be Striving for More

For too long, supply chain visibility has been associated with pure track and trace and/or passive analytics. Our systems may provide some basic visibility but it’s visibility that is not actionable. It tells you what goes wrong but it doesn’t help you ensure that doesn’t affect your relationship with your customers in real-time leaving you better at planning but not better at executing that plan. The question is how do you make our visibility actionable? How do you encourage and implement your supply chain visibility to better optimize your processes in the moment? How can you truly make visibility a core competitive advantage for your supply chain?

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How Retailers Unleash the Disruptive Power of Data to Drive Customer Engagement

  How Retailers Unleash the Disruptive Power of Data to Drive Customer Engagement

Retailers and brands must transition from simply selling to customers to establishing relationships with them through personalized digital experiences driven by relevant content. Customers expect to be inspired, influenced, engaged and reassured that they have selected the right supplier and product. Customer experience defines a retailer’s success and this experience is the leading brand differentiator in a buying decision, leaving behind criteria such as product and price.

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How To Spot Supplier Risk In Communication

  How To Spot Supplier Risk In Communication

The first article in a three part series on identifying risk, we review the troublesome behaviors you need to look out for when communicating with your suppliers. If you notice any of these signs when speaking with your suppliers, it may be time to take your business elsewhere.

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Can Intermodal Become a Preferred Destination for Europe’s Freight Industry?

  Can Intermodal Become a Preferred Destination for Europe’s Freight Industry?

The European Union’s rich mix of cultures and working practices is one of its strengths. But in intermodal transportation these differences can impede future growth. One of the main goals of an EU-backed project called SMART-RAIL is to remove attitudinal and other barriers that prevent more freight from switching to intermodal in Europe.

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Sustainability offers businesses opportunities for growth

  Sustainability offers businesses opportunities for growth

You can’t miss the proliferation of green businesses on every level from small operators that avoids outsourcing in favor of local artisans, to big brands like Nike that promise to reduce their carbon footprint and improve working conditions for their employees. Going green is a great initiative: it helps to save the environment, and it makes customers feel good about their purchases while ensuring the local community is rewarded for their work.

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More Amazon Effect For Omnichannel And The Future – Systemic Inventory Rich vs. Inventory Velocity

  More Amazon Effect For Omnichannel And The Future – Systemic Inventory Rich vs. Inventory Velocity

Inventory rich is a condition enjoyed by many retailers, manufacturers, and wholesalers. Much of this is due to systemic inventory. And the condition is becoming more significant as firms deal with the differing demands of omnichannel and with the accelerating requirements of lean for supply chain stakeholders. The challenge is compounded for companies that source and/or manufacture globally with their large supply chains.

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Carrier Negotiations: It’s Won at the Line-of-Scrimmage

Many shippers believe they’ve already negotiated the best possible shipping rates. To be bold, they are wrong. The same way Cam Newton was wrong when he spent most of Super Bowl 50 on his back, thanks to Von Miller and the incredible Denver Broncos defense. The dangers of the “I’ve already won” mentality can blind-side the best of us. Whether it’s a competitive football game or negotiating your agreement with FedEx or UPS, complacency stunts growth, kills progress and—often times—moves us backwards. Continue reading to learn about the line-of-scrimmage to carrier contract negotiations and how shippers can develop their own playbook for steady forward progress.

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The Internet of Things: Giving the World a Nervous System

What exactly is the Internet of Things? Even a quick perusal will convince you that the Internet of Things is going to mean different things to different people. For example, for the home owner it will mean more convenience, better efficiency, and increased safety. For manufacturers it will mean smoother operations, better quality, and increased profits. For the health industry, it will mean better care, improved diagnoses, and decreased hospital readmissions. You get the point. The infographic does note that the IoT is made up of three components: sensors; connectivity; and people & processes.

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Building a Better Approach to Disaster Recovery

  Building a Better Approach to Disaster Recovery

In the aftermath of a natural disaster such as a hurricane, the speedy replenishment of housing stock that was damaged or destroyed in the storm is critical to the recovery of stricken communities. A model being developed by the Zaragoza Logistics Center takes a novel approach to the rebuilding of storm-ravaged neighborhoods by framing the process as a supply chain challenge.

Supply chains are basically systems that source raw materials and components, transform them into finished products, and deliver these products to end customers. This is analogous to the way post-storm recovery programs operate. Hurricane victims who have lost their homes are “customers” who urgently need finished products in the form of housing.

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Infographic – Supply Chain and Transport of Goods

  Infographic – Supply Chain and Transport of Goods

Logistics plays a leading role in the supply chain management. What happens behind the curtain is as much important as what goes on in front of customers. In fact, every product has a story to tell. Speaking of goods, the transportation process is the bridge between the place of production and the place of consumption. In this regard, the strong demand in fleet management has led to high efficiency of the transport means. A good performance in the carriage of products can make the difference on the road to success. At this point, here you will find statistics, news, pros and cons and fun facts about transportation of goods.

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