Author Archive for Fabrizio Brasca – Page 2

Guest Commentary: Retailers and Manufacturers Must Rethink their Planning and Fulfillment Strategies

This is an interesting time to be a supply chain professional. We are seeing a convergence of revolutionary trends that are causing retailers and their manufacturing suppliers to truly re-think how they approach their planning and fulfillment strategies. Here are some examples: Multi-Channel Retailing. Not long ago, a retailer’s transportation focus was on loading trucks and shipping into distribution centers and stores. The recent increase in parcel activity due to direct consumer fulfillment is changing […]

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Guest Commentary: Transportation Optimization Requires a Holistic View That Maximizes Service Across All Orders While Minimizing Costs

Retailers, manufacturers and other shippers often operate global transportation networks composed of their own assets as well as third-party carriers, in an environment characterized by order volatility, fluctuating consumer confidence, increased competition and cost containment pressures. Too often, shippers attempt to address these competing challenges through simplification. Orders are pre-assumed to be served by a specific mode based on characteristics, fleets operate around a predefined geography, and modes such as rail or intermodal are relegated […]

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Guest Commentary: Transportation Strategies for Mitigating Risk as a Continuous Improvement Initiative

Supply chain disruptions occur in many forms, from simple day-to-day concerns to catastrophic natural disasters. While potential risk cannot be avoided entirely, leading companies are taking a new approach to risk management and optimization. Instead of viewing risk mitigation as a one-time or periodic activity, these companies are assessing risk as a continuous improvement initiative. By adopting a combination of sophisticated technology and best-practice processes, organizations can effectively and continuously examine risk across all aspects. […]

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Guest Commentary: Effective Interoperability between Transportation Planning and Execution

The Time Gap Within the realm of supply chain there has always been an inherent separation between the notion of planning and that of execution. Historically, this separation was easily attributed to the time required to plan, as well as the gap in time between planning and when orders begin to be placed. In some aspects of supply chain planning, this time gap can be measured in months. As supply chain planning technology improves, the […]

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Guest Commentary: Three-Dimensional Thinking: Reaping the Benefits of Containerization in the Global Supply Chain

In today’s challenging environment, it’s a given that companies across all industries must strive to optimize the process of moving goods from one place to another – whether from factory to distribution center, distribution center to store, or any combination in between – locally, regionally or internationally. Leading companies are reexamining their current business processes, looking to new strategies and applying innovative uses of technology to improve performance and enhance efficiencies. Web services and service-oriented […]

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