Archive for visibility

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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Infor Embraces the Network

… why did Infor pay so much for GT Nexus? In his keynote, CEO Charles Phillips made the point that “no one wants to be on a network until everyone is.” But the GT Nexus network has traction with $100 billion in spend managed on the platform. “80 percent of the data needed to run a global supply chain,” Mr. Phillips claimed, resides with partners.”

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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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Cutting Edge Control Towers

An advanced supply chain control tower is a hub for analytics. Depending on the problem the analytics can range from simple to very advanced.

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Guest Commentary: What’s the Biggest Challenge for Logistics Service Providers?

Ok, there is not just one challenge that logistics service providers face, or one that stands out among the rest either. Logistics service providers (LSPs) face the same challenges that have been on their plate for a number of years now. Therefore, I see the main challenge as “laundry list” management, at least for the foreseeable future. For big monolithic challenges, you have to look out one or two decades, at things like urbanization, smart […]

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Guest Commentary: The 4 Building Blocks of Inventory Visibility

Achieving inventory visibility across the enterprise and extended supply networks has been a goal for supply chain professionals for over a decade, but achieving true visibility is no easy task. As recent analyst research indicates, while supply chain visibility is very important to almost all companies, there is a large gap between the importance of visibility and their ability to provide it to their organization. Most attempts have failed when trying to bring together all […]

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