Archive for collaboration

A Fresh Look at Supply Chain Visibility

In ARC‘s recent Supply Chain Visibility & Collaboration Study, we found that the supply chain visibility & collaboration market is the fastest growing supply chain market. Over a year ago, ARC started to come across large corporations investing in supply chain control towers as a way of taking their supply chain program to the next level. We decided we needed to look into this, and kicked off a market research project on this market. When it came […]

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Collaborate? Sure, Except I Don’t Trust You

According to an AP-GfK poll conducted last month, only one-third of Americans say most people can be trusted. That’s down from half who felt that way in 1972, when the General Social Survey first asked the question. Almost two-thirds of the poll respondents said “you can’t be too careful” in dealing with people. Is that what you’re thinking when you’re sitting across from a supplier, customer, or other trading partner? Are they thinking the same […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 21-25, 2013)

“Did you come to Denver to plant mango trees?” the taxi driver asked me shortly after we left the airport. He had a thick accent, so I thought I had misunderstood his question. “Excuse me?” I said leaning forward, and so he asked me again, “Did you come to Denver to plant mango trees?” The taxi driver was originally from the Congo, and his younger brother had come to America too, and he did well […]

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Amazon Inside P&G Warehouses: A Case of “What’s In It for We”

An article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal revealed that Amazon has set up operations inside at least seven P&G warehouses worldwide where “each day, P&G loads products [such as paper towels and diapers] onto pallets and passes them over to Amazon inside a small, fenced-off area. Amazon employees then package, label, and ship the items directly to the people who ordered them [online].” Amazon’s partnership with P&G started three years ago, and the company is […]

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Guest Commentary: Millennials and the Supply Chain

Do a quick Google search. Just type ‘Millennials’. You should get a screen like this: Outside the two definition-type searches, two broad ends of the spectrum are represented: being lazy and the workplace (assumed to be the antithesis of lazy). The world is still trying to figure out how to classify, identify, and ultimately work with the Millennial Generation. With 80 million Millennials vs. 79 million Boomers in the U.S., the corporate world needs to […]

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Hyperloop and the Quest for a New Transportation Mode

Last week, while I was at the beach flying a kite, Elon Musk (founder of Paypal, Tesla Motors, and Space X) introduced his vision for a fifth mode of transportation: a Hyperloop, which would allow passengers to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes, traveling at a top speed of almost 800 miles per hour. If you’re a tech junkie, you can read the fifty-seven page technical paper that Musk published, but […]

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Many Companies Falling Short on Supply Chain Risk Management

According to a survey of 600 manufacturing and retail executives conducted by Deloitte, 71 percent of the executives surveyed view supply chain risk as “an important factor in their companies’ strategic decision making, including 20 percent who view it as extremely important.” Yet, 42 percent of the executives from large companies said their supply chain risk management programs are only somewhat or not effective. Simply put, many companies are still falling short on supply chain […]

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GE Implements a Social Network Platform: 4 Lessons to Consider

Since most companies are still in the “early observer” stage when it comes to using social networking tools for business processes other than marketing and customer service, it’s great when an early adopter shares its experience publicly. Last week, MIT Sloan Management Review published an informative interview with Ron Utterbeck, the CIO for GE Corporate and the Advanced Manufacturing Software Technology Center in Michigan, about GE’s implementation of GE Colab, a social networking platform the […]

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Guest Commentary: What’s the Biggest Challenge for Logistics Service Providers?

Ok, there is not just one challenge that logistics service providers face, or one that stands out among the rest either. Logistics service providers (LSPs) face the same challenges that have been on their plate for a number of years now. Therefore, I see the main challenge as “laundry list” management, at least for the foreseeable future. For big monolithic challenges, you have to look out one or two decades, at things like urbanization, smart […]

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Kraft Foods Leverages Downstream Data to Drive Supply Chain Collaboration

At the CSCMP Annual Conference a couple of weeks ago, I attended the best supply chain presentation I’ve been to in years. It was given by Ron Volpe, Customer VP – Supply Chain at Kraft Foods, and Jon Golovin, CEO of Retail Solutions Inc. Kraft is using solutions from Retail Solutions to better leverage its downstream data. The company has a truly audacious goal for inventory reductions based on using this data. I’d like to […]

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