Hostess Brands Turnaround Driven by a Supply Chain Transformation

…as a supply chain guy, I just love hearing about a business turn around that was largely driven by a more effective supply chain. That, as Tuesday’s financial news proves, was clearly the case with Hostess Brands.

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Ascena Retail Is a Study in Order Fulfillment Efficiency

Are you impressed by operational efficiencies? I am. And I consider a warehouse that operates at an e-commerce processing cost per unit (CPU) of under one dollar ($1.00) and a store replenishment cost per unit of under ten cents ($0.10) very impressive. Ascena Retail Group is a leading national specialty retailer offering clothing, shoes and accessories for women. Ascena may not be a household name, but the company’s brands certainly are. Ascena owns Dress Barn, […]

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How Will Brexit Affect Global Supply Chains?

Brexit will have a minimal impact on global supply chains. The U.S. presidential election could have a much bigger impact. And changes in EU tax enforcement, the most of all.

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Enhancements in SAP Production Planning and Scheduling and Future Integration with ERP

At the SAP Insider SCM CRM 2016 event in Vienna this month, Ulrich Mast presented the current status and the planned future for Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PPDS), including SAP Advanced Planner and Optimizer PPDS (SAP APO PPDS) within the SAP Supply Chain Management suite (SCM) and S/4HANA . Smaller lot sizes, increasing variability and shorter product life cycles tend to make planning and scheduling more complex, resulting in increased order lead times, stock […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 25 – July 1)

This weekend I am heading to New York for my wife’s cousin’s wedding. I’ve never spent a 4th of July in New York, but I assume we will have to head to Coney Island for the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Last year, Matt Stonie ended Joey Chestnut’s 8 year run as hot dog eating champ. Something tells me Joey Chestnut will be back for vengeance this year. And for the record, the hot dog […]

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Enterprise Software Suppliers Exhibit Mixed Results in Q1 2016

ARC Advisory Group (www.arcweb.com) monitors and analyzes the enterprise software market on a quarterly basis.  We track the revenues of fifteen prominent publicly traded enterprise software companies and translate financial results reported in foreign currencies to US dollars using an average exchange rate for the given reporting period. The suppliers’ reporting period for this analysis is the quarter ended March 2016, unless stated otherwise. The suppliers included in this report recorded combined quarterly revenue of $21.3 […]

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Most Popular So Far

As of Friday, the year is half over. So what better time to examine what have been the most popular Logistics Viewpoints articles for the first half of the year? It’s nice to see a wide range of topics on the list, including the 3PL market, last mile deliveries, robotics in the warehouse, predictive analytics, machine learning, and procurement. It’s also nice to see that the co-written articles by Steve Banker, Clint Reiser, and myself […]

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The Myths and Realities of Implementing a TMS

As a company grows and expands its geographic footprint by procuring and selling goods around the globe, its supply chain naturally becomes more complex. As a result, a savvy supply chain manager will often look to deploy a transportation management system [TMS] to plan and run the company’s transport operations. Unfortunately there are some lingering myths about implementing a TMS that have kept many businesses from transitioning away from outdated legacy systems. Here are the […]

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Robots and Drones in the Warehouse

… the day began with a panel on cutting edge technologies that could change the face of logistics. Panelists spoke at length about drones and robots in the warehouse.

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This Week in Logistics News (June 18 – 24)

I was so excited to write about the fact that Cleveland’s 52 year sports championship drought was over. The Cleveland Cavaliers had finally broken the streak. However, a much more important news event has taken place. Brexit is a reality. And even though the average of the last six polls was basically a 50-50 split, I am still shocked. The big question is, what are going to be the economic ramifications? There has been a […]

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