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Applying The Hard Lessons of COVID-19 to Build a More Resilient Supply Chain

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reexamine so much of what society took for granted before the virus outbreak. What lessons have we learned to date that will prepare us when the next crisis hits? It’s a critical question for those of us in the industry. The pandemic completely exposed the world’s dependence upon a highly complex, fragmented and inefficient global supply chain. As we look past the current pandemic, it’s clear that we need a more resilient supply chain – one that can easily flex and adapt during future times of crisis and stress (which, invariably, will come). How do we go about turning that into a reality?

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Editor’s Choice: US Supply Chain Remains Resilient Even as Shipments Spike

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. The concern over COVID-19 remains a hot topic for supply chains, let alone the general public. Yesterday I read a blog from FourKites about how supply chains have remained resilient even as shipments spike. Supply chains have been under peak stress due to the COVID-19 outbreak. With Americans hunkering down, […]

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Savings Through Container Transport Planning

The use of standardized steel shipping containers, or intermodal containers, started late in the 1940s as commercial shipping operators started employing them for ocean carrier, truck, and rail transport. It wasn’t until 2005 when the International Maritime Office (IMO) established industry standards for more consistent loading, transporting, and unloading of goods in ports throughout the world, saving time and resources. Regular, dry freight containers typically cost between $1750 and $2000 and are owned by either […]

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Beware of Real-time Transportation Visibility “Big Hat, No Carrier”

Real-time transportation visibility has become a powerful tool for shippers and logistics services providers (LSPs). Because the market is so hot, a number of transportation visibility vendors have entered the space and, to get attention, have made big claims about their tracking capabilities, which are misleading potential users. What we are seeing is a bad case of “Big Hat, No Cattle”. If you haven’t heard the term before, it’s an old Texas saying about making […]

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The TMS Outlook

I recently wrapped up my Transportation Management Systems market study which looks at the total size of the market, the forecasted growth through 2023, and the leading suppliers across a number of categories including industry, region, and customer size. The study includes a holistic view of the TMS outlook. A TMS helps companies move freight from origin to destination efficiently, reliably, and cost-effectively. Transportation management systems include 2 types of solutions. Planning and execution is […]

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More than a TMS: Optimizing with Visibility-Driven Workflows

When we think about visibility and tracking in our daily lives, our consumer mindset probably turns on and we think of online ordering. We’re concerned with questions like, “Where’s my stuff?” or “What time can I expect my order to be delivered?” In a B2C environment, visibility is about tracking. But in B2B, it’s so much more.  Visibility covers the technology and tools you use for supply chain management. It’s about amassing data from all […]

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BASF Uses Real-time Visibility to Drive Supply Chain Excellence

BASF uses real-time visibility to improve their service capabilities. They implemented a solution from MacroPoint, a Descartes company, to improve their delivery reliability as well as improve the productivity of the transportation providers they use to service the North American market. But implementing great technology is not enough. Getting the most out of software also requires dealing with both internal and partner cultural issues and improving processes. According to Bill Wehrle, the Director of Supply Chain for isocyanates and inorganics in BASF’s Monomers strategic business unit, the journey that BASF has been on to improve their supply chain’s reliability started eight years ago.

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Bill Gates and the Digital Supply Chain

There has been an explosion of new sensor data available to be used to create digital supply chains. While we use the term “digitization”, Bill Gates had a better label close to 20 years ago, “the digital nervous system.”

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JDA’s Roadmap for Supply Chain Visibility

On Friday JDA Software announced that it received $570 million in additional equity funding. This made me think about their product roadmap. In particular, would this change their roadmap for supply chain visibility? I hope if anything it enhances it. Supply chain visibility has become hot, as multinationals again begin to explore supply chain control towers. For JDA, not unexpectedly, much of the initial roadmap for visibility has been focused on their transportation management system (TMS) solution because ensuring on time shipments […]

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Shell’s Next Generation Operations Center

Shell Oil has created a next generation control room (CR) to monitor their deep water offshore production activities in the Americas. Shell Oil has created a control room whose scope of analysis is larger than the typical control room, and one that is also delivering an ROI much greater than is typical. The Shell CR is also an Internet of Things (IIoT) Big Data analytics solution.  From a supply chain perspective, this is a critical […]

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