Archive for Supply Chain Convergence

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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JDA’s Exciting New Supply Chain Product Strategy

JDA is working toward providing off the shelf solutions that allow companies to use SNEW data – social media, news, event, and weather data – to improve their supply chain capabilities. In short, they are working to leverage Internet of Things (IoT) to improve supply chain management.

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Omni-Channel’s Ripple Effect on Transportation

When Transportation Optimization and New Shopping Behaviors Collide One needs to go back to the early 2000s to see green shoots of modern omni-channel retail. While web-based e-commerce began in the late 90s, consumer and retailer appetites didn’t get whetted for omni-channel experiences until the early part of the last decade. Indeed, by 2002, Best Buy was saying more than half of its customers were checking its website before coming to the store. It was […]

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Decoding the Physical Internet

The first email was sent in 1971, and many people look to this as a pivotal moment in the history of the internet. Flag Day, which occurred in 1983, was arguably even more important to enabling the modern internet because that’s when ARPANET switched over to TCP/IP. This is the protocol that standardized data packets in a way that made it possible to transmit information to and from a wide variety of computers and networks. […]

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Ten Years of Logistics Technology Trends

Last week I read the Logistics Viewpoints guest post by Chainalytics discussing the pitfalls of decision-marking biases. Although the Chainalytics article focuses on supply chain decision making, these biases can apply to business forecasting as well. Reading this article made me interested in my own potential decision-making biases. I chose to take time on Friday to review some of the research I have conducted during my ten years as an analyst at ARC Advisory Group. […]

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The Three Pillars of Supply Chain Execution

We all know that Supply Chain Execution (SCE) is composed of Warehouse, Yard and Transportation management components.  But have you ever considered the relative importance of these three components?  Even though organizations usually prioritize their Yard Management System (YMS) as the final component of this trio, implementing an enterprise YMS is just the beginning of the journey of engendering execution excellence across an organization’s supply chain. Below are the three key considerations that make the […]

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How Consumers are Transforming Supply Chain

There’s a new boss in town and she is tougher than any boss you’ve had before. She wants what she wants, when and where she wants it. She’s the new digitally-empowered consumer and she is dictating how retailers and consumer goods companies must transform their supply chains to serve her. This new boss will access your brand wherever and whenever she wants through the device of her choice. There are no channels for her, just […]

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ERP vs. Best-of-Breed is History

Do you remember the old days when the hottest topic in supply chain software evaluations was whether it was smarter to go with the “good enough” applications from the major enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors or to go with the superior functionality of the best-of-breed vendors even though integration was a concern? IT argued that having a fully integrated approach and “one throat to choke” was more important than covering 100 percent of users’ needs. […]

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What Does “1+1=3” Really Mean with Supply Chain Technology?

Stepping Out of Paradigms Dictated by Technological Limitations of the Past One of the biggest opportunities to dramatically improve supply chain performance occurs when traditional supply chain functions are decomposed and reinvented as integrated business processes. Few supply chain practitioners would dispute that notion. However, when it comes to their technology strategy, too many practitioners fall back into deploying the TMS, WMS, Route Planning, Mobile and other technological silos developed in the 1990s that don’t […]

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The Evolution of WMS Customer Requirements

Last month I posted a Logistics Viewpoints article on the evolution and growth of the WMS market. Today I am going to take a slightly different perspective and discuss the evolution of WMS customer requirements – how are WMS customers’ requirements different now than they were in the past, and what factors are driving these changing needs? A Holistic Perspective The WMS market is a mature enterprise software market. The growth rate of WMS sales […]

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