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This Week in Logistics News (October 29 – November 2, 2012)

The biggest news this week was Hurricane Sandy, which left a path of flooding, power outages, and destruction along the east coast. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the storm, especially those hardest hit in New Jersey and New York City. The storm also disrupted logistics operations, including the closing of local airports and the Port of New York/New Jersey. Events like these are another reminder of why companies need to prioritize […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 15-19, 2012)

My wife is going away for a long weekend with her mom and sister. But I should be fine. She left me three detailed pages of where I need to be and what I need to do, hour by hour, for the next three days. So, with no time to waste, here’s this week’s news: Manhattan Associates Reports Record Third Quarter 2012 Performance C.H. Robinson Announces Sale of T-Chek Systems to EFS for $302.5 Million […]

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Guest Commentary: Next Generation of Visualization and User Interaction

I was recently invited to participate in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Transportation & Logistics’ roundtable focused on the trade-off between planning and execution. The event spanned two days and presented an agenda of discussion topics across the multiple time horizons of planning (strategic, tactical and operational) as well as views on process and technology. The audience was comprised of an excellent collection of experts, including practitioners from a variety of industries, […]

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Analytics is Integral to Optimization in JDA’s Transportation Management System

JDA’s transportation management system (TMS) product management team recently visited ARC to brief us on their product roadmap (JDA is an ARC client and Logistics Viewpoints sponsor). I also got a chance to see a product demo that highlighted those enhancements. Because I’m conducting research on supply chain analytics, the visit also gave me a chance to discuss the analytic capabilities of JDA’s TMS in more detail. I was intrigued by: How advances in TMS […]

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Guest Commentary: The Omni-Consumer and the Future of Transportation

The rise of the omni-consumer has changed virtually every aspect of the way retailers and manufacturers conduct their businesses. Brick-and-mortar retailers are forced to compete with alternative channels on the basis of price while also keeping their service quality high. Manufacturers are challenged to operate with razor-thin margins while still offering the innovative products and continuous updates dictated by today’s shorter lifecycles. While the omni-consumer has created new challenges in every part of the supply […]

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JDA Software Focuses on Time to Value

All too often, when companies buy and implement supply chain software, you hear a similar story: the implementation took longer than planned and the company grossly underinvested in training. Also, the needed software customization made future upgrades costly and time consuming to the point where upgrade cost and effort often rivaled a brand new implementation. Because of this, companies understandably delay upgrades for years, thus foregoing the latest product enhancements. In the meantime, power users […]

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Guest Commentary: Retailers and Manufacturers Must Rethink their Planning and Fulfillment Strategies

This is an interesting time to be a supply chain professional. We are seeing a convergence of revolutionary trends that are causing retailers and their manufacturing suppliers to truly re-think how they approach their planning and fulfillment strategies. Here are some examples: Multi-Channel Retailing. Not long ago, a retailer’s transportation focus was on loading trucks and shipping into distribution centers and stores. The recent increase in parcel activity due to direct consumer fulfillment is changing […]

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Guest Commentary: Transportation Optimization Requires a Holistic View That Maximizes Service Across All Orders While Minimizing Costs

Retailers, manufacturers and other shippers often operate global transportation networks composed of their own assets as well as third-party carriers, in an environment characterized by order volatility, fluctuating consumer confidence, increased competition and cost containment pressures. Too often, shippers attempt to address these competing challenges through simplification. Orders are pre-assumed to be served by a specific mode based on characteristics, fleets operate around a predefined geography, and modes such as rail or intermodal are relegated […]

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Matching Demand Forecast Periods to Production Lead Times

It is common to speak of a “one number” demand forecast. And a “one number” forecast works fine if your demand forecast and your manufacturing planning are based on the same time period. For example, if you do a monthly forecast and the plant uses it to plan production for the entire month, then there is no inconsistency. But a lot can happen in a month. I was briefed a while back by Nitin Goyal, […]

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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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