Archive for supply chain management

Thanksgiving Causes Logistics Headaches

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, which as I pointed out last year, is a time for FFFTT –  family, friends, football, thankfulness, and turkey. Thanksgiving is also a time for logistics headaches. The holiday is centered around the big family meal, and the food supply chain tied to that meal is complex. But there are a number of other areas that can result in logistics headaches as well. Let’s examine some of them. Feast Logistics Headaches […]

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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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Facility Safety: What Could Go Wrong? Can You Answer These Four Questions?

An oil depot is an especially hazardous form of warehouse. The standards and processes involved to ensure safety in these facilities may be too onerous for many industries. Nevertheless, understanding the most rigorous safety processes, and being able to appropriately adopt them to less hazardous facilities, is a worthwhile exercise. This article examines facility safety and lessons learned from the Buncefield Oil Storage Depot fires.

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Convoy of Hope’s Journey to Logistics Maturity

When it comes to enterprise software, a truism is that the software contains “best practices.” Companies should change their processes to fit the best practices contained within the software. This will lead not just to better efficiency but makes the software easier to implement and upgrade. But as one company’s journey to logistics maturity shows, this often works better in theory than in practice. Some organizations have processes that need to be different and DO […]

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The Oil & Gas Supply Chain: Oil Tank Storage and Movement Best Practices

The oil and gas supply chain is complex. One set of complexities involves tank farms. The often-massive storage tanks and extensive auxiliary equipment and instrumentation represent expensive assets.  Achieving operational flexibility involves coordinating a large set of technologies and business functions. This article describes oil tank storage and movement best practices.

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SaaS Makes It Easier for Big Projects to get Approved… Just Kidding

Software as a Service (SaaS) is a rental model that allows you to purchase enterprise software without paying giant upfront license fees. In theory, this means software becomes an operational expense (OPEX) rather than a capital expense (CAPEX). As software markets shifted from CAPEX to OPEX, we were supposed to see dramatic changes to software markets. We have…  And we have not. What we have seen is many enterprise software markets make a big transition […]

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The Changing Face of Supply Chain Software Platforms

Supply chain operating networks are finally beginning to emerge. They will change what supply chain software platforms look like in a few years. In particular, innovative new approaches to supply chain risk management have emerged.

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This Week in Logistics News (April 19 – 25)

It’s been a busy week here at Logistics Viewpoints as we get ready to head to Las Vegas next week for JDA Focus, and Hollywood, FL the week after for Manhattan Momentum. There’s a bit of everything in the news this week, so let’s get right to it. Amazon tries its own deliveries Freight train blues hit car supplies F1 technology to boost UK’s ‘next generation’ of automotive supply chains Oil and gas supply chain […]

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The Problem with Big Data

…is the same problem that has always existed with data: it is often wrong, outdated, or incomplete. Whenever I ask supply chain professionals, “What was the most difficult and time-consuming part of your software implementation project?” the answer I get is almost always the same: collecting and cleaning the data. This was true fourteen years ago when I first started asking the question, and it’s still true today. Several years ago, I interviewed ten CIOs […]

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You Are the New Vice President of Supply Chain Management! Now What?

If you were hired as the top Supply Chain Management executive at a company, what would be your top three initiatives to improve the company’s capabilities? Here is my list: 1.   Get the right people on board! You can’t accomplish anything else if you don’t have the right talent. The toughest part of the job will be getting rid of people who don’t have the right skills and attitudes. As a new executive, the best […]

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