Numerous times recently I’ve found myself saying (and tweeting) that…
‘Going forward Fulfillment automation is no longer just an option.’
Having been a contributor to many SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats) analyses for e-commerce service providers, retailers and even CPG manufacturers, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve warned all who would listen that fulfillment automation (or the lack thereof) will be a significant threat to their online business in the future.
Today I’m going even further to state that this threat has now evolved into what I’m coining as simply ‘The Automated Local Fulfillment Imperative.’ Continue reading
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One of the things I most look forward to when attending the RILA Supply Chain conference is all of the great retail global logistics & supply chain professionals and information to be found assembled all in one place.
In less than a week in Phoenix, this year’s RILA Supply Chain conference will of course once again be no exception with a strong Logistics & Sourcing track including four sessions.
Recently I’ve spent much time reviewing the application of systems to better manage all aspects of global supply chains. First looking at the component parts of Global Trade Management (GTM) and Global Transportation Management Systems (GTMS); culminating in implementation of overarching Global Commerce Management (GCM) solutions which incorporate both of the above components connected directly to Purchase Orders and Sales Orders at the Product Data Master/ SKU level with all of these integrated directly into company ERP and Financial systems.
Executed properly Global Commerce Management (GCM) will result in complete alignment with Business and Financial systems with no gaps, allowing for extremely powerful Integrated Business & Scenario Planning without the need for any reconciliation or translation across company functions.
My thoughts on the emergence of GCM capability are captured in this recent article ‘Moving Beyond Global Trade Management to Deliver on Global Commerce Management‘.
Organized by the Supply Chain Steering Committee this year’s Logistics & Sourcing Track is focused on some of the most critical topics to global logistics practitioners including Carrier Allocation, NAFTA, US Ports and the ever popular Transportation Roundtable.
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Whether it is a Ferrari vs. a Fiat or a Jet Engine vs. a Propeller, generally speaking, to move something quickly has a higher cost than to move it slowly. The ability to move fast at a lower cost is a challenge that has pervaded the supply chain industry for years.
This challenge has never been more applicable to retailers and brands than it is today. With online sales surging and customer expectations continually evolving, the ability to fulfill orders quickly, accurately, and at a lower cost is essential to an organization’s success. Continue reading
In the past we’ve tended to evaluate each new technology on its’ own merit as they emerged and then best determined how to implement them. By the very ubiquitous nature of the technologies now emerging, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and of course the Blockchain it appears that a more holistic or converged approach is required in order for supply chain professionals to be successful.
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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.
Arlington, VA – Today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced Sona Chawla, Kohl’s chief operating officer, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Retail Supply Chain Conference. The conference serves as the premier event for retail supply chain executives to network, learn, and share new and creative solutions for the industry’s most complex challenges, including logistics, transportation, and international trade.
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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
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.
TWEET THIS: @RyderSystemInc is adding @ChanjeEnergy electric vehicles into its lease & rental fleet, and rolling out #EV charging stations. Continue reading
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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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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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.
The 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.”
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.