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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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The Power of Software Usability: Insights from Infor’s Inforum 2012 Conference

Last week, Infor (an ARC client) held its user conference, Inforum 2012, in Denver, Colorado. This year’s conference drew almost 5,000 attendees. Infor is the third largest supplier of enterprise solutions with almost 70,000 customers. Infor is a provider of several different industry-specific enterprise solutions. The company also provides best-of-breed solutions in areas such as financials, supply chain management, enterprise asset management, and human capital management. Infor uses a unique middleware solution to tie its […]

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The UK’s Collaborative Regional Carrier Networks

In the US we speak about “pallet pooling services,” while in the UK people speak of “pallet networks.” It turns out these are two very different things. The UK and the US — two nations divided by a common language. “Pallet pooling services” involve shippers renting pallets from companies like CHEP. These service providers collect the empty pallets at the end of the supply chain, inspect them, and efficiently move them back upstream to the […]

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Guest Commentary: CPG Companies Collaborate on Sharing Best Practices and on the Road

For years, collaboration has been a major topic of interest for shippers that focus on best practices and innovative supply chain strategies. But with growing uncertainty around an economic rebound and shifts in capacity, forward-thinking shippers are talking about collaboration to improve their supply chain operations and to better serve their customer base. For the past five years, Transplace has brought together leading consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies for its annual CPG Summit, where supply […]

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Guest Commentary: Transportation Strategies for Mitigating Risk as a Continuous Improvement Initiative

Supply chain disruptions occur in many forms, from simple day-to-day concerns to catastrophic natural disasters. While potential risk cannot be avoided entirely, leading companies are taking a new approach to risk management and optimization. Instead of viewing risk mitigation as a one-time or periodic activity, these companies are assessing risk as a continuous improvement initiative. By adopting a combination of sophisticated technology and best-practice processes, organizations can effectively and continuously examine risk across all aspects. […]

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Guest Commentary: Invisible Visibility

For well over a decade we’ve talked about how supply chain visibility will help minimize the impact of disruptions, decrease order cycle times and risk, and improve service levels. Yet, after all these years, why are people still talking about supply chain visibility like it’s in the future? About now you may be thinking you’ve had visibility within the four walls of your DC for years via your warehouse management system (WMS). If you have […]

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A New Form of Supply Chain Collaboration

Cross functional collaboration has always been a central idea in supply chain management. Today, I will highlight a form of supply chain collaboration that is new to me: supply chain facility design and construction. When it comes to product development, globalization has led companies to engage in co-development projects with key suppliers. Perhaps the most famous example is Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner passenger jet.  Here is a passage from the book “Wikinomics” that illustrates this point: […]

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Fostering a Bottom-Up Supply Chain Strategy

So much of supply chain management is, and must be, top down and focused on tight process control. Companies have applied Six Sigma and Lean to factories and warehouses to lock down processes in pursuit of high quality and throughput. While there is room for input from floor-level workers, there is not a lot of room for them to do their own thing. New tools for collaboration have emerged that are said to be changing […]

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Guest Commentary: Delivering on the Unfulfilled Promise of Collaborative Transportation Management

Adrian Gonzalez posed some thought-provoking questions in his recent article “Unraveling the True Meaning of Supply Chain Collaboration.” No one can argue his point that the term “collaboration” is overused in supply chain management, but in the past 12-18 months I have seen this buzzword actually live up to its hype. There has been a major shift in the mentality of shippers and the way they are approaching the idea collaboration. What was once used […]

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Guest Commentary: Finding the Next Level of Value for 3PL Customers

Traditionally, most third party logistics companies have focused on creating value for customers by taking over their transportation and warehousing operations, and through economies of scale, systems and best practices, removing excessive costs from these functions. While this ability to help customers reduce these supply chain costs remains important, the outsourcing cycle for warehousing and transportation management has matured for many companies. Efficiencies have been gained. Easily identifiable costs have been wrung out. Where will […]

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