Author Archive for Steve Banker

How will the Looming Recession Impact Global Supply Chains?

On Thursday, yield curves inverted and the stock market tanked. An inverted yield curve signals a recession in 14 to 20 months. Companies need to prepare by developing more agile supply chains. Integrated business planning and supplier risk management are critical tools.

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How EDI Became Cool Again

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is cool again. Not all EDI, just EDI based on value added networks (VANs). The reason? More and more companies are engaging in digital transformations. In many companies supply chains, it is the end-to-end portion of the supply chain, knowing what upstream and downstream partners are doing, where there are digital black holes.

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Digital Supply Chains Seek to Fill Information Black Holes

Digital supply chains seek to fill information black holes. For many companies’ supply chains, it is the end-to-end portion of the supply chain, knowing what upstream and downstream partners are doing and how well they are doing it, where there are the most black holes.

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This Week in Logistics (July 27 – August 2)

This week in logistics was dominated by trade news. It was decided that trade talks will resume in September. Then, after a negative article in the Wall Street Journal, more tarrifs were imposed. Meanwhile the Democrat candidates for President talked trade in their debates on Wednesday and Thursday..

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Shelf Level Visibility is Critical to Retail Supply Chain Excellence

Retailers face some tough dilemnas. Growing SKU counts drive worse on-shelf availability. Growing reliance on direct store delivery holds fulfillment costs down, but DSD suppliers goals are not fully aligned with retailers. One thing is clear, retailers need better visibility to stock outs at the shelf level.

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There are Two Models for Truck Platooning: Which will Win?

Increased attention to truck platooning. In platooning, trucks are connected using direct vehicle to vehicle communication to allow trucks to tailgate each other very closely. This drafting creates fuel savings. There are two models for platooning. The opportunistic and the truck train model.

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Pipeline Scheduling Solutions Can Yield Real Business Value

When logistics folks think about transportation, the pipeline mode is an afterthought. But it is a very important mode that gets far too little coverage and is not sufficiently well understood. Pipeline scheduling solutions are every bit as complex as other transportation management solutions.

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Using Satellite Imagery as a Data Source to Improve Supply Chain Management

Satellite imagery data represents another data set that may have the potential to improve company’s supply chains. There are potential uses surrounding procurement, sustainability, and strategic planning.

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The Year of the Supply Chain Control Tower

LLamasoft has developed a new supply chain control tower. What makes is so interesting is it’s engine. It is built on top of a supply chain reference model that contains supply chain policies. Once I peeked under the hood at this reference model, it became clear to me this could be a very robust solution.

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Shippers Claim Class One Railroads Fines are Unfair, Illogical, and Arbitrary

Railroad customers objected to escalating fines across the country’s seven Class I carriers and referred to monopolistic, unfair, illogical, and arbitrary actions by most of the railroads.

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