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Recent Supply Chain Case Studies from Logistics Viewpoints

I recently attempted to read a white paper from McKinsey that talked about the value a digitization program can provide; the problem was that after reading the article for ten minutes I still had no idea how they defined “digitization.” Sometimes I get fed up with theory. What follows are ten supply chain case studies published over the last year in Logistics Viewpoints that provide a practical approach to improving supply chain capabilities. Click on […]

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Put SAP Leonardo Live on the List of Must Attend Supply Chain Conferences

Most of the shows I attend have users speaking about how they use established solutions to reduce supply chain costs or improve service. End users speaking about how they are using evolving technologies to transform their business are rare.  The number of stories focused on transformation at Leonardo Live was impressive.

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Key Logistics and Supply Chain Shows to Attend in 2017

It is time to start thinking about the supply chain shows you will be attending in 2017. Here is a list of the key supply chain events of 2017.

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Selecting a TMS: Where Does One Start?

Earlier this year, ARC developed a supplier selection tool for Transportation Management Systems. The selection guide contains general guidance, around 200 specific selection criteria, ROI data, market data, and supplier profiles to help an organization’s team members make more informed, fact-based decisions.  This version of the guide has been updated with extensive criteria related to routing and managing private and dedicated fleets.  It can help a technology selection team find common ground, with lower risk […]

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Global Trade Management: Strategies for Success

ARC Advisory Group conducts an annual analysis of the global trade management (GTM) market. The research process includes the analysis of large amounts of information and interviews with executives from numerous GTM software companies. The process concludes with the publication of ARC’s GTM Global Market Research Study, which analyzes the market shares across numerous categories of the leading GTM suppliers. Aside from the market share analysis, the study looks at the trends that are driving […]

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The Platform Revolution

There are interesting insights that can be derived from studying platform companies. I suspect the following insight will resonate with supply chain executives, “The traditional levers of action of controlling centrally what is done within the firm or exerting power over suppliers will not be sufficient, as much of the value is created outside the traditional boundaries of the firm.” In short, effective supply chain managers will increasingly need to become effective curators of network value.

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Successful Software Projects Require a Focus on People

Most supply chain professionals know that a successful project is likely to include elements of people, process, and technology, but few of us really devote the attention to People issues that they really deserve. Manhattan Associates’ Momentum conference was refreshing because they did not ignore this critical element of project success.

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JDA Focus: Get Seamless

JDA Software Group, Inc. held its annual user conference in Nashville last week. The event was a big one, with well over 2,000 attendees, over 50 sponsors, 100 customer presentations, roundtables, and discussions, and a concert at the Grand Ole Opry featuring Darius Rucker. The customer case studies spanned multiple industries, solutions, and geographies, and could interest executives from nearly every type of business imaginable. The major theme for the event was “Get Seamless,” with […]

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Descartes Evolution – Logistics in Motion

Descartes Systems Group held its annual user conference last week in sunny West Palm Beach, FL. This was my first time attending the event, and it did not disappoint. There were over 400 attendees at this year’s conference, making it their biggest yet. The theme of the conference was “Logistics in Motion – Company in Motion.” This was certainly an aptly named theme. Descartes as a company is certainly in motion, with revenue growth over […]

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The Logistics Service Provider Industry is Notorious for High Employee Turnover: Does that Really Matter?

The Logistics Services Provider (LSP) is notorious for its high employee turnover. Does this matter? A leading LSP believes if you want happy customers you need happy employees.

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