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SummerCon 2018: A Great Supply Chain Conference

There is terrific payback from supply chain design solutions. At GM, the supply chain design team is an in-house consulting group. Annually, the projects they take on save between 5 to 10 percent of the in scope spend. They have done many projects in the logistics area, some on an ongoing basis. Logistics costs as a percentage of revenue decreased every year from 2013 to 2018. That is a remarkable feat in today’s freight environment. Considering the size of GM’s transportation spend, $6.5 billion, and the length of time they have been at this, it would not surprise me at all if this small team has saved GM over a billion dollars.

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Donald Trump and the “Made in America” Supply Chain

Supply chain executives at companies with global supply chains are paying close attention to what happens surrounding import tariffs and trade rules now that Donald Trump is the President elect. On the campaign trail Trump promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and impose punitive damages on goods made in China.

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Guest Commentary: Finally, A New Way to Look at Inventory Optimization

Finding the balance between overstocks and lost sales is necessary for operational growth and health. With so many flavors of inventory optimization applications available, why do so many companies still struggle with inventory inefficiencies? It’s because traditional inventory applications fall short in three key areas: They assume that all demand is smooth and normally distributed They only consider safety stock for the existing supply chain structure They do not simulate real-world behavior or enable what-if […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 9-13, 2013)

Document less, experience more. That was the key takeaway from a great HBR article by Daniel Gulati published in April 2012. I was reminded of that article when I came across the video below this week, which saddened me and made me realize that I need to work harder on keeping my phone in my pocket. Moving on, here’s the news from the past two weeks that caught my attention: Descartes Reports Fiscal 2014 Second […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 26-30, 2013)

This was a relatively quiet week for news, and I suspect many of you are taking off early today to enjoy the long holiday weekend, which unofficially marks the end of summer. So, without delay, here is the news that caught my attention this week: Qualcomm Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell its North and Latin American Transportation and Logistics Business to Vista Equity Partners Kewill Enhances Logistics Software With New Mobile Apps For Greater Efficiency […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013)

I passed on spending $1100 to fix my car A/C, so I’ve been driving around with the windows down this summer. When you have Cuban blood, 99 degrees is nothing to complain about (although I reserve the right to change my mind). In this week’s news, new products and services and a couple of acquisitions top the list. Con-way Freight Raises the Bar on Mexico Service, Adds Door-to-Door Tracking, 24-Hour Customer Resource Center, Enhanced Web […]

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Guest Commentary: Like Money in a Coat Pocket: Uncover Hidden Cost Savings in Your Supply Chain

Is there anything better than putting on last year’s jacket and finding money in the pocket? The money was right there, but hidden just below the surface of that coat pocket. There are a few things that make this “found money” so great: it’s fast – you just reached into your pocket and there it was in your hand. It’s easy—you didn’t have to toil away for long hours to earn it. Finally, it’s unexpected—you […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 8-12, 2013)

My cousin Lenny shared this photo on Facebook (the boys are not us, although the socks and shorts look familiar) with the following comment: “If u know about this game, u lived a great childhood.” The photo brought back so many great memories of my summers in Brooklyn — the concrete heat, the boombox music, the bloody scraped knees…and when it got hot, we grabbed the monkey wrench, opened the johnny pump, and took turns […]

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Transportation Simulation: Who Needs It?

If you have a lawn mower, why would you need a lawn service? If you have an iPod nano and a cell phone, why would you also need an iPhone? If you have a transportation management system (TMS) and a network design tool, why would you need a transportation simulation solution? A network design tool works in strategic time frames, often a year or more, and answers questions about where manufacturing plants and warehouses should […]

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Guest Commentary: Do You Have a Supply Chain Design Center of Excellence? Your Competitors Do.

Not too long ago, companies considered supply chain design as a project to conduct once every three to five years—if at all. It was also uncommon for companies to do such analysis themselves, often hiring third-party firms to do one-off studies. Today, there is a strong and ever-increasing trend of companies making supply chain design a core business function, and using this competency as a competitive weapon for their business. They are using modeling technology […]

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