On-demand delivery moving really quickly

By Gary Forger, special projects editor · October 17, 2018 Three men walk into a bar. Each of them has just purchased the same item. Before going to the bar, the first man went to a store and bought a shirt. It now sits in his car. The second man went to that store’s website, found the shirt and purchased it. Two days ago. It was just delivered to his home. It now hangs in his closet. The third man went to the bar minutes after ordering from his smart phone the same shirt as the other two. It will be delivered to him at the bar. Welcome to on-demand delivery. Oh, how far we have come in such a short time. The delta of supply chain change is getting much bigger as it compresses time. And on-demand delivery is the most recent incarnation of that.  Last month, we talked...
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NextGen Supply Chain Interview: Ben Harris

By Gary Forger, special projects editor · October 17, 2018 NextGen Supply Chain: We all seem obsessed these days with receiving our stuff from e-commerce companies in two days or less. In fact, that’s the genesis of on-demand delivery. Give us your take on this new NextGen supply chain practice. Harris: On-demand delivery is really coming into its own these days. So many people used to think three- to five-day delivery was good enough even as Amazon moved to two days with Prime . On-demand delivery makes two-days seem too long. On-demand is more in the three- to five-hour window. Some are even less than that. Let me explain. There’s no doubt e-commerce is making use of on-demand delivery. But so are grocers, local retailers, builders and restaurants. And for the restaurants, delivery in three to five hours doesn’t cut it. You’re talking here a matter of minutes. On-demand delivery...
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Clouds on the horizon

By Bob Trebilcock · October 16, 2018 “Lions and tigers and bears, Oh my.” The Wizard of Oz I don’t think any but a few curmudgeons would argue that the economy has been hitting on all cylinders for the last two years. What’s more, the Fed recently raised its estimates for growth and reported that from where it sits, blue skies are ahead. Today at MHI’s annual conference in Orlando, Jason Schenker, the founder of Prestige Economics , declared that view a little too optimistic, with clouds on the horizon. Those include a slowing of growth in 2019 and what I understood to be a mild recession in 2020, followed by a modest uptick in growth in 2021. Why the divergence? Schenker told attendees that in an effort to remain politically neutral, the Fed is not considering the impact of tariffs on the U.S., or the global economy for that...
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See Your Supply Chain Like Never Before

Date/Time Wednesday, October 24, 2018 2:00PM Moderator Mike Levans, Group Editorial Director, Supply Chain Group, Peerless Media LLC. Panelists Sean T. Riley, Global Industry Director, Manufacturing & Transportation, Software AG Erick Argueta, Vice President, Global Enterprise Solutions, Visual Enterprise Architecture Register Today! How do the world’s top supply chains see further and act faster? Many of them are gaining an understanding of how their supply chain flows are tied to outcomes to stay ahead of problems, and gain whole new efficiencies. In this demonstration, you’ll see how to: Gain actionable insights with an end-to-end view of your supply chainIdentify new opportunities for supply chain process improvementReduce bottlenecks, while improving profit margins and satisfaction Register Today! Subscribe to Supply Chain Management Review Magazine! Subscribe today. Don't Miss Out! Get in-depth coverage from industry experts with proven techniques for cutting supply chain costs and case studies in supply chain best practices. Start...
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Supply Chain Planning with Prescriptive Analytics

By Riverlogic · October 9, 2018 Tired of spreadsheets? Still making gut-feel decisions on how to meet demand? Struggling to create accurate plans? If so, this research perspective is for you. It explains that by leveraging advanced analytics, supply chains are tackling all of those problems…and more. Prescriptive analytics enable supply chains to rapidly test a wide range of scenarios — while considering both financial and operational objectives and constraints — and easily collaborate around those scenarios to produce optimal plans. Prescriptive analytics are able to transform an inefficient, complex, silo’d process into a process that drives agile, collaborative, optimized decision-making. Supply chains are seeing benefits like: Full visibility into understanding complex trade-off decisionsA decrease in time to plan from weeks or months to just hours or daysHighly accurate, trustworthy supply and demand plansTighter collaboration across organizational functionsA drastic decrease COGS across the value chain Companies across all levels of...
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Supply Chain Managers Hoping to See Rebound in Global Ocean Cargo Container Sector

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor · October 8, 2018 Signs of a turnaround in the prospects of global container shipping companies began surfacing last July when rates began creeping up through the Peak Season. Overcapacity, however, continues to haunt the industry and may keep it from a sustainable recovery. Maritime analysts at Xeneta, a global benchmarking and market intelligence platform based in Oslo, Norway, note that carriers operating in the trans-Pacific have been able to make their general rate increases (GRIs) stick through early autumn. However, this word of caution comes from Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund : “Although carriers managed to increase rates by around 7.7% last August, the method remains mostly inefficient. If the full increase were applied, rates would have jumped by more than 20%.” Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI), a weekly index based on estimated freight rates on 15 routes out of Shanghai to different parts of...
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Meet the Association for Supply Chain Management

By SCMR Staff · September 30, 2018 Today marks the introductory launch of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), the new global leader in supply chain organizational transformation, innovation and leadership. ASCM is an all-encompassing supply chain organization that will propel the supply chain industry forward and transform how organizations do business. “ASCM is the leader for end-to-end supply chain management, bringing corporations and professionals the latest ideas and proven best practices to help transform supply chains. We want to empower both the people who elevate supply chains and the companies who utilize them,” said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. Supply chain has become a significant and driving force in the success of businesses around the world. As a new organization, ASCM will enable corporations to more effectively tap into their supply chains and deliver strategic value. “With ASCM, we recognized an exciting opportunity with this new...
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