Archive for Supply Chain Optimization

Achieving Energy Savings through a Digital Transformation: The Vopak Case Study

Vopak, a leading operator of tank terminals, is undergoing a digital transformation. One of their projects occurred at their Savannah terminal. New sensors, machine learning, and optimization drove significant energy savings.

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Bridging the Gap Between Supply Chain Planning and Execution

New solutions have emerged that bridge the gap between supply chain planning and execution. These solutions have a middleware layer that is critical. The middleware allows for a feedback loop that can allow the system to get smarter.

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Supply Chain as a Competitive Asset

As technology evolves and demand increases, supply chain managers are facing new challenges particularly as they attempt to compete on a global level. Traditional supply chain operations utilizing an optimization engine based on a single network can no longer provide the service that businesses and consumers require. Complacent companies struggling to meet customer demands with the systems of yesterday will be left behind as forward-thinking companies grab market share. What can supply chain leaders do […]

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Advanced Demand Management and Process Optimization at a Water Distribution Network in Brazil

A water purification company in Brazil can have the demand for their water treatment and sewage services increase as much as four times on a sunny day on a weekend.  To more accurately forecast demand, they count the number of vehicles driving into the community.  Demand analysis also relies on a forecast of weather conditions and historical tourism data. They are also prototyping IoT, Big Data, machine learning, and predictive analytics for process optimization.

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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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Optimizing the Panama Canal’s Operations

The Panama Canal is quite the engineering feat, described by some as the eighth wonder of the world. It is especially interesting to those in supply chain and logistics, as it is a critical resource in support of today’s vast international trade. It is also a complex operation subject to high levels of traffic with numerous constraints that can impact many company’s supply chain schedule. Modern supply chain planning applications model complex planning and scheduling […]

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Price Optimization Finally Becomes a Tool for Integrated Business Planning

Price optimization could be a powerful tool for demand shaping. It could be used in Integrated Business Planning to help balance supply and demand. It’s rarely used this way. Why?

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Creating a More Stable Environment for Navigating Demand and Rate Changes Using Transportation Optimization

A sophisticated transportation management system (TMS) can help companies overcome the challenges of modern shipping. Transportation modeling technology can help shippers evaluate the effects of uncertainty and variability in their networks. In this way, they can effectively manage logistics across an entire, dispersed ecosystem. Modeling helps users to understand and prepare for the impact of any potential changes before they are operationalized. These changes can range from expanding networks to carrier flux or even to growing businesses, all of which require adjustments to logistics.

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Getting (Even) More from Your Transportation Management Solution

Getting benefits from a modern transportation management solution that has just gone live is just the first wave of value available. There’s a lot more that can be gained when companies recognize that transportation management solutions are more than execution systems. With the ability to model alternate scenarios, logistics organizations can more accurately model the benefits and challenges of proposed changes to transportation strategies and processes, and continue to enhance the business value they receive […]

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The Supply Chain Design Movement and How It’s Driving Measurable Improvements for Large Businesses

Why Is Supply Chain Design Important? There’s been a fundamental change in the way global manufacturers and distributers operate. The modern supply chain is an increasingly complex and volatile network making the impacts of change harder to determine and increasing the risks involved with being unprepared. The supply chain is a huge opportunity for competitive advantage—and risk. Supply chain design is now a must-have capability for businesses to keep up with the pace of change […]

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