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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.

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.

Targeted Marketing Requires Persona Granularity

The days of impressing consumers with targeted marketing based solely on demographics are in the past. Marketing in 2016 is about treating your audience as fans, not customers. We found that 63 percent of people wish brands treated them like a friend instead of a consumer, so it’s important to understand the attitudinal and behavioral nuances of groups in order to do that well, and connect in a more intimate way.

Can Machine Learning Help Your Business?

Companies like these have invested heavily in machine learning technology from the moment they were founded. Vigilantly gathered data is constantly fed into algorithms that drive the delivery of highly targeted content, emails and even phone conversations to consumers. For these companies, machine learning is a strategic asset that’s absolutely core to their business.

The Physical Internet: Logistics Reimagined?

What if the supply chain community could emulate the “Internet world” and create a universal, open logistics network that is economically, environmentally, and socially efficient and sustainable? Such a concept exists, and it’s called the Physical Internet. Today the Physical Internet is a vision for an end-to-end global logistic network, but there are plans to turn it into a reality by 2050.

Don’t Cut Costs on Supply Chain Risk Management

Many CFOs deploy Big Data analytics to drive out supply chain costs, and often they’re rewarded on that metric. Believe me, I love cost-cutting as much as the next CFO. But there’s a point of diminishing returns: If you drive your costs down to zero, your revenue could be zero, too. Cost-cutting techniques such as using sole-source suppliers, lowest-cost providers, and plants in countries where labor is cheapest can be recipes for disaster. As your supply chain costs fall, your risk can soar.


E-commerce and omnichannel are not just new retailing. They are original ways of doing and operating businesses. Old is out. Change is not an option. For retailers, online sellers, manufacturers and logistics service providers, there will be leaders and laggards. What firms do and how they do it will determine if they see their futures ahead or if they see it in their rear-view mirrors?

Supply Chain Risk Management: Dealing with Length & Depth

Enterprises need to increase visibility into their own operations and those of their suppliers. They also need to gather a complete risk picture and uncover potential red flags.

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As a warehouse manager, you would understand that handling warehouse operations are a massive task. One small mistake may affect the efficiency and productivity of the warehouse. You must continually implement measures to optimize various warehouse processes and improve the overall effectiveness of the operations involved. Apart from minimizing downtime and increasing productivity, it is essential to improve your supply chain. Let us look at a few tips that help in achieving the same.

Robot Trucks or Autonomous Vehicles Will Revolutionize the Supply Chain

Most supply chain professionals do not completely understand the disruption and upgrades that autonomous vehicles, specifically what I call robot trucks, will create. Most cannot get past the pitfalls and possible barriers to robot trucks. I define robot trucks with a much broader perspective. I include trucks of all sizes and even internal plant material handling equipment like fork-lifts and automatic guided vehicles (AVGs). The biggest leap is that robot trucks will learn! Many doubters just cannot get past this. Although not complete artificial intelligence (AI), robot trucks will adapt on their own, to conditions and circumstances, and build an open memory of what to do.

Transform Your Supply Chain For Omnichannel

The world is in the early stages of a global supply chain revolution. The Amazon Effect. The Internet of Things. Platform Businesses. The new supply chain will grow beyond omnichannel. It will cross into other industries and markets and will incorporate supply chains of products, information, and finance. All the elements of the New Supply Chain tie together. They are not separate steps. They are not to be selectively chosen or excluded. These are inter-related. The New Supply Chain brings performance excellence.

The 4 Supply Chain Metrics

Metrics are a way to measure performance; and, in turn, communicate that information to key executives in the company.  Their value is how supply chain management is supporting the direction and strategy of the business.  It is important that they present a strategic and tactical understanding of what is happening and how well it is happening. KPIs (key performance indicators) must be measurable.  As a result, numerous metrics are about the logistics components.  Some of these are good.  However, they do not present a view of the total supply chain.  Plus, many have little or no usefulness for the C-suite.   Assessing logistics parts is a node-link approach and does not recognize the supply chain process.