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2019 is the Year for Blockchain in Supply Chain Management, but Will it Have Legs?

Starting in September 2019, Walmart will require suppliers of fresh, leafy greens to implement real-time, traceability of products back to the farm by participating in the Food Trust Consortium. The Food Trust consortium, run by IBM, is focused on using Blockchain for Supply Chain technologies.

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Lots of Noise around Blockchain in the Supply Chain, But Lots of Challenges

From a cybersecurity perspective, blockchain offers great advantages. The technology is being investigated for a variety of supply chain applications. But there are also challenges.

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IBM Continues to Improve their Supply Chain Control Towers

IBM manages more than $30 billion a year as part of its supply chain, with thousands of supply chain managers and analysts worldwide. IBM is using Watson and huge troves of weather and location data – IBM acquired The Weather Company last year – to improve their supply chain risk management program.

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Will Blockchain Technology Revolutionize Supply Chain Applications?

Building unbreachable supply chain applications is virtually impossible. So it was with great interest that I listened to how blockchain technology could be used to create robust tendering and visibility that can be wholly trusted.

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The Supply Chain and Logistics Hall of Fame

My boys turned 8 and 11 this past May, and for their birthdays my wife and I promised them a trip to Cooperstown, NY to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. Their dream (and mine) came true this past Friday when we packed the car and made the pilgrimage to upstate NY. We spent the entire day on Saturday at the Hall of Fame, slowly walking through the various exhibits, taking pictures and reading about […]

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Distributed Order Management, A Critical Application

A relatively small number of software vendors offer distributed order management (DOM) solutions; IBM, Manhattan Associates (a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor), and Oracle are the best known of these vendors. What is DOM? It is a central order orchestration hub for companies with complex fulfillment networks. A DOM provides… a common view of inventory for companies with diverse order management or enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems; the ability to designate how an order should be fulfilled […]

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Guest Commentary: Safety Stock Helps Buffer Against Variability in the Supply Chain

Every supply chain is rife with variability and uncertainty. This adds costs, problems with customers, and headaches and firefighting for supply chain managers. Safety stock plays a critical role in a helping you run a good supply chain despite the inherent variability and uncertainty. Safety stock allows you to seamlessly meet unpredictable spikes in demand, and it allows you to protect your customers from production breakdowns, supplier failures, or unusually long shipment times. Safety stock […]

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Guest Commentary: Global Trade Management: Are You on Top of Your Game?

Global Trade Management (GTM) solutions, as defined in an ARC Advisory Group market study, streamline and automate processes related to customs and regulatory compliance and trade financing. This simple, yet comprehensive sentence describes a complex challenge global shippers face every day. Getting goods to a foreign destination is not a simple game, yet some supply chain organizations are able to “win” this game, day in and day out, despite having a myriad of processes cobbled […]

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Leveraging the Logistics Software Ecosystem

There is a whole ecosystem surrounding the logistics software market. Part of the reason some logistics software companies thrive and others fail is that some of them do a better job of tapping into this ecosystem and leveraging it to create advantages for themselves in innovation, marketing, and sales. Here are the key classes of players that impact this market: Of course, the logistics software companies themselves are key players. The barriers to entry are […]

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IBM’s Solution for Global Trade Management

IBM’s global trade operations are massive in scale and scope.  The company conducts business in 170 countries and moves about $25 billion worth of goods across borders.  It ships about 2 billion pounds of goods per year globally (78,000 products with 2 million configurations) which translates into 500,000 customs declarations annually.  IBM also conducts cross border consulting which can be subject to export regulations, including denied party screening, regulations focused on insuring that advanced technology […]

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