Moving Beyond Global Trade Management to Deliver on Global Commerce Management

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Global trade continues to accelerate both in volumes and complexity.

If you don’t agree, just take a look at Alibaba and their most recent Singles Day where products were purchased from 192 countries!

To get a feel for this growth, the number of tons shipped by ocean containers has multiplied many times over, in fact almost 17 times from 102 million tons in 1980, to 1,720 Million tons in 2016! Continue reading

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Ryder Places First Medium-Duty Electric Vehicle Order with Chanje Energy and Begins to Roll Out Charging Stations

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Miami, November 2, 2017 —Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, announced today it has started to take delivery of 125 medium-duty electric panel vans, the first of their kind in North America, now available for lease or rent. The vehicle order follows the exclusive sales channel and electric vehicle service partnership that Ryder recently announced with Chanje Energy in August and consists of Chanje’s medium-duty electric vehicle. The Chanje all-electric large delivery style van is equipped to haul up to 6,000 pounds and up to 580 cubic feet of cargo, all with zero vehicle exhaust emissions. Ryder also plans to equip its maintenance facilities in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Jose, Calif. markets, as well as in the Chicago and New York markets, with the latest technology in commercial electric vehicle (EV) charging.

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Achieving the Integrated Global Supply Chain

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Guest post from Ned Blinick of 3rdwave

The integrated global supply chain exists when activities between all supply chain partners are seamlessly coordinated to achieve the optimal results for all its participants. These partners are executives, managers, co-workers, suppliers, customers, carriers, 3PLs, warehouses, government agencies, financial institutions, etc. They exist not only within the four walls of the organization, but outside of it, too. The results are achieved when extraneous costs are removed and product can optimally move from source to end-user with minimal friction.

Is a fully integrated global supply chain achievable? Probably not. It would require that all actors up and down the supply chain be structured to achieve this end, and by the nature of the business, this is likely not going to happen. At least not in a timeframe acceptable to you.
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Instacart Is Expanding to Canada in Amazon Battle

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Grocery-delivery startup Instacart Inc. has refrained from rushing expansion beyond the U.S., unlike many other startups valued at more than $1 billion. But Amazon.com Inc . AMZN -0.60% ’s surprising acquisition of Whole Foods has changed those plans.

Instacart is close to a deal to partner with Canada’s largest grocer, Loblaw Cos., to launch its service there in the coming months, the startup’s first international foray amid increasing competition, according to people familiar with the matter.

The deal will allow Instacart to begin delivering groceries from Loblaw stores in Toronto and then expand nationally throughout the grocer chain over the next year, one of the people said. Instacart already has delivery deals with well-known U.S. retail chains, including Whole Foods, Costco Wholesale Corp. COST +0.20% and Target Corp. TGT -0.63% , where the startup relies on contract employees to pick and bag groceries and then deliver them to customers’ doorsteps.

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Collaboration Key in Creating Competitive Advantages Through Supply Chains

Research confirms cross-functional collaboration and supply chain integration are challenging business goals that many companies deprioritize because the value is difficult to define.

BOSTON, MA, October, 27, 2017 – Research recently published by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Global Supply Chain Institute, and sponsored by Maine Pointe, identifies collaboration as one of six key elements of creating competitive advantages through supply chains. The study emphasizes that supply chains must optimize efficiency through reliability, shared values, and end-to-end visibility before these advantages can work.

GSCI ThumbnailThe research indicates that not only does internal collaboration create financial worth; benchmark companies are leveraging collaboration outside their organizations to create competitive advantages. “Companies with the strongest supply chains integrated them from end-to-end long ago and have mastered working across business disciplines,” says Mike Burnette, managing director of the institute and an author of End-to-End Supply Chain Collaboration Best Practices. “They are now using those skills to work with external supply chain partners and find ways to collaborate with non-competitors to create cost-saving opportunities.”
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Omnitracs Completes Acquisition of Shaw Tracking

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The finalized agreement further solidifies Omnitracs’ presence in Canada in preparation for new government regulations including electronic logging devices (ELDs)

Omnitracs, LLC, a global pioneer of fleet management solutions to transportation and logistics companies, today announced the completion of its acquisition of the assets of Shaw Tracking, a subsidiary of Shaw Communications Inc. and the leading fleet management solutions provider in Canada. The terms were not disclosed.

Further expanding Omnitracs’ customer base and reach into Canada, the assets of Shaw Tracking will now be integrated into the comprehensive Omnitracs product and service portfolio. The combined organization is now positioned to further assist the Canadian market throughout an entire load lifecycle. Mike Ham will lead the organization as vice president and general manager of Omnitracs Canada.
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Raymond Handling Celebrates 30 Years with Annual Pink Pallet Jack Project

Onsite and Online Events will Benefit ‘The Tina Fund’ and ‘Northwest Hope and Healing’ During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

AUBURN, Wash., October 16, 2017 – Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation (RHCC), a leading materials handling equipment supplier in Northern California and the Northwest, will be holding its fourth annual “Pink Pallet Jack Project” online auction in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month from October 17 to 27 on eBay. In addition to the annual auction, which has raised $120,000 over the last three years, the company will be hosting a 30th Anniversary event at the Auburn, Washington corporate office on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 11am-2pm. All proceeds raised from the auction and anniversary event will be donated to the Tina Fund in Greene, New York and Northwest Hope and Healing. Continue reading

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Videos & Visions: Of Electrifying the Last Mile for E-Commerce Delivery

As both consumers and governments (with at least one major exception) push hard for carbon reduction, the continued rise of e-commerce and the associated growing need for Last Mile delivery represents a significant problem.

From a carbon footprint perspective, the Last Mile delivery of single e-commerce parcels to individual consumer dwellings is one of the most inefficient, costly and carbon producing activities in the retail and consumer goods supply chain!

Today’s post from Videos & Visions is all about highlighting some emerging potential technologies and providers that are looking to literally electrify Last Mile e-commerce delivery utilizing zero tailpipe emissions delivery solutions.

The first and most promising of these is Chanje a new California based start up OEM organization delivering medium duty electric vehicles and turnkey energy infrastructure services for the last mile industry.

Chanje are focused on creating sustainable solutions that improve how companies move people and packages from transportation hubs to their final destinations. Check out this video introducing their V8070 Panel Van which is the first fully electric designed and purpose built from ground up in this commercial vehicle category.

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Spring & Summer Sustainability Slants: Supply Chain, Packaging & Apparel

Here’s a roundup of the top recent Environmental Leader articles in these areas. Note that in each article, we’ve tried to dive into the business case from the companies we’re writing about: why are they doing what they’re doing from a financial point of view? Take special note of the detailed Timberland case study, which outlines the specifics on how – and why – to create a sustainable line of clothing. You’ll see more case studies of that type to come. Visit the Environmental Leader site for full listing! Cheers!

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In Search of the Carbon Neutral Supply Chain

Supply Chain Network is taking an active role in assisting companies in their quest to deliver a Carbon Neutral Supply Chain. Check out our Create a Carbon Neutral Supply Chain article to learn more about real actions your organization can take to move toward this lofty goal.

Beyond the positive impacts such an action can have for future generations and on the general health of mankind’s home, there are now emerging positive business reasons for pursuing this goal. Some initial projects in this area that have been carried out by SCN Partner organizations have identified a 28% reduction in Carbon Emissions and at the same time a 9% reduction in related supply chain expense. Continue reading

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The Time Has Come for Digital Enterprise Planning

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Over the past 30 years I’ve been witness to the development and use of a number of methodologies intended to improve operations, planning, service and costs in the Consumer Goods and Retail supply chains.

Whether it was Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP), Just In Time (JIT), Just In Time II (JITII), Quick Response (QR), Efficient Consumer Response (ECR), Distribution Resource Planning (DRP) or more recently the very popular Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) I’ve pretty much seen them all.
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The Digital Elevation of Planning and the Planning Executive

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Today we have more data than ever before on all aspects of our business and tomorrow all indications are that there will only be even more.

At the same time we fortunately also now have access to more powerful and diverse tools than ever before to review, analyze and action these rising datalakes of countless zettabytes which surround us. Among these, my POV is that Cognitive or Artificial/Augmented Intelligence really stand out as the potential game changers.

Digital organizations will survive and thrive based on the ability to effectively harness and drive value from all of this data. And since Planning and Planning professionalshave always been the experts at gathering, analyzing, and actioning data, we are now very well positioned to ride this massive wave of data that will drive digital transformation.
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Create a Carbon Neutral Supply Chain

As consumers become increasingly environmentally selective, companies are recognising that they need to optimize their supply chains not only in terms of the traditional levers of cost and service level, but also in terms of carbon emissions. Aggressive carbon targets are being set at board level and logistics managers need to ensure that their supply chains are able to achieve them. Unfortunately for most companies, simple operational changes alone will not be enough and before companies start making sweeping changes to their supply chains, it is critical that they plan and understand these changes properly.
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Early ‘Internet of Things’ Pilots Proved Supply Chain Benefits of RFID Pallets

Two early pilots were facilitated by Supply Chain Network and carried out in 2003 and 2006 with both representing successful demonstrations of the potential supply chain benefits available through end to end ‘Internet of Things’ supply chain implementations.

Key to both of these pilots were RFID enabled pallets and the first project was the SCN Grocery Pilot which was carried out utilizing RFID at the pallet level for automated Distribution Centre (DC) receiving. Continue reading

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The Seven S’s of Supply Chain Management

SevenSsOfSCMDisruption is all around us and in order to capture some of the key disruptors in the Supply Chain space we have identified what we’re calling the Seven S’s of supply chain management to act as the framework for our upcoming supply chain management work

Without further ado, the seven S’s of SCM are Synergy, Standards, Semantic, Serialization, Synchronization, Sustainability and Social and we will now review each of these at a summary level so you can see where we’re headed. Continue reading

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Is it Time to Start Running from E-Commerce Revenue Sharing?

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Revenue sharing is coming, revenue sharing is coming, do you have a plan?

Seems there’s a growing trend for both e-commerce platforms and even Third Party Logistics (3PL) fulfillment companies to base their pricing on sharing in their customer’s revenue. Continue reading

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Time to Move from E-Commerce to E-Commpetition!

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Since the advent of the consumer internet in the mid-1990s we’ve heard and seen the word e-commerce some several billion times as it has blended into the smoothie that is today’s societal lexicon.

Funnily enough, it’s only now that the last laggards are finally beginning to spin up e-commerce sites as they realize they’re slowly sinking deeper into their single channel swamp. Continue reading

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In Search of Leading Edge of Business Forecasting

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Very pleased to be attending my first Institute of Business Forecasting event later this month in Orlando!

Have been trying for many years to attend an IBF event, but somehow in the past always seemed to run into scheduling conflicts, however here in 2016 I’m happy to say the stars have finally aligned and looking forward to being there.

As with any event, will be on the lookout for and attending sessions that will share and validate insights on the items I see as on the leading edge of best practices business forecasting. Continue reading

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