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Kimberly-Clark’s Journey to Logistics Procurement Excellence

Jenni Stamps and Melanie Payne, the Domestic and International Pricing Managers respectively at the Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KCC), spoke at this year’s JDA Focus.  Kimberly-Clark, the $21 billion consumer goods company with brands like Huggies and Kleenex, is a major user of JDA’s TMS solution. The company is also one of the larger shippers in North America.  Domestically, they have 882,000 shipments per year from 800 origins through 140 Kimberly-Clark facilities, and out to 27,000 destinations.  […]

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The Next Generation of Location Aware Supply Chain Applications

It has long been possible to build a geofence and detect when an inbound carrier was 20 miles out from a warehouse.  But warehouse managers, and transportation planners are busy.  What good would those notifications do?  These managers and planners don’t have time to look at every carrier notification and examine whether that truck will hit their dock on schedule. Geofence But technology is continuing to advance.  I think this kind of event data will […]

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The New JDA Flowcasting Solution

Last Tuesday it was announced that the CEO of JDA had been replaced with an interim CEO. Perhaps because I tend to be product focused, I find the most significant recent announcement the news that JDA had productized a Flowcasting solution. Previously, RedPrairie, a firm acquired by JDA, had a joint partnership to provide consulting services in this area. We’ve gone through several iterations of how to effectively balance supply and demand in the retail/consumer […]

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JDA Focus: A New Strategic Approach

Last week, several colleagues and I attended JDA’s annual user conference in Las Vegas. The theme of this year’s conference was “Outperform” and had over 2200 customer attendees. The customer case studies were very informative, and could pique the curiosity of executives from every walk of life or industry. The show stopper for Day 2 was the keynote address from Captain Richard Phillips, former Captain of the Maersk Alabama (I probably don’t need to tell […]

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A Leading 3PL Creates a Warehouse Template for Success

For years, warehouse management system (WMS) suppliers have been introducing “template” solutions. These template solutions are either industry specific or are based upon getting a simpler warehousing solution up quickly. A best of breed WMS offers all sorts of configuration choices. The idea behind the template is that many of these configuration choices are predesignated in the template in order to achieve a faster implementation. While over the years I’ve heard one WMS supplier after […]

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Customers Do NOT Expect a Similar Experience Across Channels

The 2014 National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show, one of the biggest trade shows in the country, was once again all about the customer experience. There are a lot of ways to look at the customer experience and what retailers are doing to shape it. And there are a lot of vendors out there that are delivering systems and platforms to enable retailers to provide a positive customer experience. When one thinks about the customer […]

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The Evolution of Omni-Channel Logistics

Traditional retailers were fairly slow to wake up to the huge threat posed by Amazon. But my recent visit to “Retail’s BIG Show,” put on by the National Retail Federation (NRF), convinces me that they are now wide awake. One way bricks and mortar retailers have responded to Amazon and other e-retailers is by turning their stores into more of an asset with omni-channel commerce. Omni-channel is based on providing consumers with a more seamless […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 14-18, 2013)

Countless: the number of double spaces after periods I’ve had to delete as an editor over the years. Last weekend, Slate republished a much discussed article from two years ago titled, “Space Invaders: Why You Should Never, Ever Use Two Spaces After a Period.” If you are guilty of this writing crime, please read the article, and in the spirit of Lean and continuous improvement, stop adding that extra space. In this week’s news… SAP […]

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Kimberly-Clark: Using Lean to Improve TMS Performance

At the JDA Focus 2011 conference, I saw a presentation by Matt Webb and Tony Poole of Kimberly-Clark that outlined an interesting application of Lean. Kimberly-Clark applied the Lean continuous improvement process to its JDA transportation management system (TMS). The company felt that it was paying transportation analysts a lot of money, but those analysts were spending too much time clicking through the application rather than doing value-added work. Kimberly-Clark purchased its TMS three and […]

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VICS Empty Miles: A Retailer’s Experience

VICS, the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association, has a program called “Empty Miles.” It is an online backhaul solution that enables a collaborative business process for identifying transportation efficiency opportunities between trading partners. When I attended the annual JDA user conference a few weeks ago, one of JDA’s retail customers endorsed this program.  Empty Miles matches a shipper’s trailers that are returning empty with another pre-qualified shipper’s potential loads that can be collected and delivered […]

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