Archive for SAP

What Fleet Routing Solution is Right for My Company?

The idea that a supply chain solution should not be a “black box” solution – a solution that forces planners to blindly trust the output of the optimization engine – has been around for close to twenty years. In transportation, the need for this has been glaringly obvious because of all the parameters that can go into a “solve.”

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Enhancements in SAP Production Planning and Scheduling and Future Integration with ERP

At the SAP Insider SCM CRM 2016 event in Vienna this month, Ulrich Mast presented the current status and the planned future for Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PPDS), including SAP Advanced Planner and Optimizer PPDS (SAP APO PPDS) within the SAP Supply Chain Management suite (SCM) and S/4HANA . Smaller lot sizes, increasing variability and shorter product life cycles tend to make planning and scheduling more complex, resulting in increased order lead times, stock […]

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A Most Impressive IoT Project

Over 9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) are transported through the port every year, and this is forecast to double by 2025. But the Hamburg Port is located in an urban area and they cannot increase the size of the port to handle increased traffic. To handle shipments efficiently, the HPA must operate smarter. To help with this, this Port has undertaken one of the most impressive IoT projects this writer has seen.

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A Fresh Look at Supply Chain Visibility

In ARC‘s recent Supply Chain Visibility & Collaboration Study, we found that the supply chain visibility & collaboration market is the fastest growing supply chain market. Over a year ago, ARC started to come across large corporations investing in supply chain control towers as a way of taking their supply chain program to the next level. We decided we needed to look into this, and kicked off a market research project on this market. When it came […]

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The New SAP Supply Chain Control Tower

SAP’s SAPinsider supply chain conference was held a week and a half ago in Las Vegas. At this conference SAP announced a new product that will be a critical part of their supply chain solution stack – a Supply Chain Control Tower.  Several of ARC’s supply chain software supplier clients have discussed with ARC how their solutions can be used to build control towers (Manhattan Associates Control Tower, C.H. Robinson TMC’s, and JDA’s). Clearly, the term “control […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 21-25, 2013)

“Did you come to Denver to plant mango trees?” the taxi driver asked me shortly after we left the airport. He had a thick accent, so I thought I had misunderstood his question. “Excuse me?” I said leaning forward, and so he asked me again, “Did you come to Denver to plant mango trees?” The taxi driver was originally from the Congo, and his younger brother had come to America too, and he did well […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 7-11, 2013)

There’s lots going on today, so let’s go straight to the news. Freight Shipments Rose 0.4% in August from July Turnover Rose at Large Truckload Fleets in the Second Quarter Federal Government Shutdown Starts to Crimp Trade (Wall Street Journal) New Customer-Centric Solution from SAP to Help Retailers Improve Operations, Consumer Experience and Brand Perception HighJump Software, TrueCommerce EDI Solutions Group Announces Strategic Partnership with AdvancePro Technologies Globe Tracker and Xmetra Announce Partnership UPS to […]

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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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Guest Commentary: Benefiting From the Big Market Shift in Supply Chain Execution

Over the past few years, there has been a shift in the supply chain execution (SCE) software marketplace. Or to borrow from a popular, but old automotive advertising campaign, “This is not your father’s” SCE software market. During the 90’s, we saw the rise of the regionalized, niche application software companies, also known as “best of breed” software vendors. These niche, specialized software vendors saw a need and invested in developing robust functionality to support […]

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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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