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Supply Chain Situational Awareness: Project Approaches to Unlocking Value

As companies look to achieve live supply chain situational awareness (SCSA), three project approaches to deliver a solution and business value are emerging: In-house project approach – Best of breed solutions and partners for a project managed internally Led by IT team with support from line of business users Requires heavy system integration Multi-vendor approach for core capabilities Outsourced project approach – Vendor managed services program Led by 4PL, consulting group, or system integrator Little…
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Digital Supply Chain Journey: Real-Time Monitoring to Live Situational Awareness

  The continued development of real-time monitoring (RTM) capabilities such as RFID, IoT devices, GPS tracking, electronic logging devices (ELD), etc., can be a good thing for shippers who need to stay aware of the real-time location and condition of their shipment. As often the case, too much of a good thing presents a challenge. The proliferation of RTM capabilities means there is more things to monitor than ever before and the challenge to find…
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Investors are grilling the C-Suite about Supply Chain Resiliency

As enterprises, economists, and analysts of all stripes are assessing the impact of COVID-19, early research and trend analysis of Q2 Financial Earnings reports and analyst calls has shown a marked difference in the topics that the C-Suite is openly discussing as having impacts on earnings. Of what should be little surprise, Supply Chain topics saw a 280% increase in talk time compared to Q4-19, while topics such as implementing or better leveraging Digital Twins…
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Big Data, the Pandemic, and Supply Chain Evolution

In a room with the faint odor of formaldehyde, your biology teacher has “Punctuated Equilibrium” underlined on the chalkboard and begins drawing branching charts jotting down a few bullet point call outs at the splits as they describe what really drives changes and innovation in supply chain operations: massive selection pressure from external events. Wait, what? As a reminder to those of us who’s biology classes are now a distant memory, in a nutshell, punctuated…
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Now is the Time for a Supply Chain Digital Transformation

As we’ve all adjusted and started to get a feel for how business will operate, a few enterprises are overcoming their initial knee jerk reactions to the pandemic and are examining the fundamentals that need to be in place as the ingredients for creating a resilient supply chain and logistics operation in light of the outside context problem presented by the pandemic. However, at the same time, most leaders seem determined to set the goalposts…
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