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E-commerce gives logistics a voice at the top table

How do you configure a retail logistics operation to make the most of the opportunities available with e-commerce - and provide the flexibility and agility to handle changes in the future?

Recovering Lost Profits by Improving Reverse Logistics for High-Tech Manufacturers

White paper By By Curtis Greve and Jerry Davis | The new logistics Executive Summary It is no surprise that almost every company is looking for ways to...

Achieving Supply Chain Excellence – Your Journey Forward

Where are you in your supply chain journey? Nobody disputes the value of an efficient, collaborative, carefully planned supply chain. But it’s probably fair...

Improving forecast accuracy

Improving forecast accuracy is never easy, but is an essential step to lowering inventory levels and the associated carrying costs and scrap. Better forecasts also...

The U.S. Manufacturing Value Chain: An International Perspective 

In this white paper they examine the data from the World Input-Ouput Database that was gathered from as survey of national manufacturing industries. They...

Proper Asset Maintenance Improves Safety, Reliability, and Profitablility

Maintenance programs are essential to keep those working with mining equipment safe. In this white paper they outline the strategies, processes and methodologies that...

Construction Sourcing with eProcurement Tools

Online eProcurement tools have been around for more than 20 years. This white paper provides a history eProcurement tools and further examines the use...

How PLM Can Cut Manufacturing Costs

Many manufacturers are using some type of product life cycle management (PLM). This white paper discusses ways that manufacturers can take even more advantage...

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What is Sales & Operations Planning?

Sales & Operations Planning: All demand (sales) and supply (capacity, materials) of a product is balanced and planned to secure on-time delivery...

6 Tips for Maximizing Efficiency and Productivity of Warehouse Operations

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.