Archive for Learning & Leadership

Why Supply Chain Complexity Isn’t a Bad Thing

When I started my career the term “supply chain” was just emerging. Most professionals I interacted with during my early days in this industry were still referring to “materials management” and “procurement” when they spoke of what we call “supply chain” today. We also had a role called a “master planner” who was typically an APICS certified genius who could schedule a factory, inbound supply schedule and procurement plan via grease board, or if very […]

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A CEO’s Take on Transportation and Coronavirus

Transportation and coronavirus have been getting a lot of attention lately. The global supply chain is becoming more complex due to increased regulations, trade wars, cross-border commerce, and most recently, the impact of coronavirus. FourKites founder and CEO Matt Elenjickal shares his thoughts on transportation and coronavirus.

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Applying The Hard Lessons of COVID-19 to Build a More Resilient Supply Chain

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reexamine so much of what society took for granted before the virus outbreak. What lessons have we learned to date that will prepare us when the next crisis hits? It’s a critical question for those of us in the industry. The pandemic completely exposed the world’s dependence upon a highly complex, fragmented and inefficient global supply chain. As we look past the current pandemic, it’s clear that we need a more resilient supply chain – one that can easily flex and adapt during future times of crisis and stress (which, invariably, will come). How do we go about turning that into a reality?

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Blue Yonder ICON: Supply Chains Can Save the World

As an analyst at ARC Advisory Group, this is normally my busy travel time of the year. Along with my colleagues Steve Banker and Clint Reiser, I am usually attending a number of industry and customer events across the country. However, this year things are very different; coronavirus is pushing these events to online virtual affairs. Yesterday, I attended Day 1 of Blue Yonder ICON and DEVCON, the company’s virtual user conference initially scheduled to […]

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Digital Twin is an Old Idea – Just New to Supply Chain

It has been many decades since a circuit is designed digitally and its performance tested using a digital twin; an architect constructed the building and laid out its HVAC and plumbing on the building’s digital twin; a company invested in a new distribution center only after significant number of simulations and animations on the digital twin; a dentist scanned a mouth and planned for the treatment on the digital twin; and pilots learned how to […]

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Best Logistics and Supply Chain Shows to Attend in 2020

The best logistics and supply chain shows are listed along with links to the event web sites. Use this page as a resource to plan your logitics event calendar for 2020. Industry association and technology vendor shows are included.

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Be Careful of the Term “Fail Fast” in Digital Transformations

The phrase “fail fast” is increasingly finding its way into conversations about digital transformations.  The implication seems to be that fail-fast is a necessary component of a digital work culture. From an IT perspective, it makes sense. However, it really doesn’t align with how supply chain and plant operations need to evolve.

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NRF Big Show 2019: Artificial Intelligence and Omni-Channel Returns

Another year, another NRF Big Show in the books. This year marked my eleventh visit to New York City for retail’s biggest show. This appeared to be the biggest conference from any that I have attended, with some estimates suggesting 36,000 people were there. As in the past, the usual themes emerged: omni-channel, mobility, big data, etc. This year, there was a lot of buzz around retail transformation, and going beyond omni-channel to ensure an […]

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Best Logistics and Supply Chain Shows to Attend in 2019

Logistics Viewpoints has assembled the following list of conferences that my ARC supply chain colleagues and I consider to be the premier industry conferences scheduled for 2019. The include logistics industry association events and supply chain software conferences.

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Most Popular Articles of 2018

We have entered the final weeks of the Logistics Viewpoints year. As always, it was a busy year covering the latest supply chain and logistics trends, emerging technologies, mergers and acquisitions, major news announcements, and more. Like in years past, we wanted to look back at the Top 10 most popular articles written this year and see what our readers found to be the most interesting. So, without further ado, here are Logistics Viewpoints’ most […]

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