Tag: supply chain visibility

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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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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The Proactive Supply Chain and Outside Context Problems

When confronting the impossibility of being unable to plan for an event that we don’t know could happen, the answer must be to have systems and processes in place that allow us to respond to a rapidly changing landscape and ‘get to the left’ of a disruption, keeping good options on the table for longer. In critically acclaimed author Iain M. Banks Culture series, a far future, post scarcity, interstellar civilization has turned all their…
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Top 3 Reasons Shipper’s Visibility Isn’t Good Enough

Top 3 Reasons Shipper’s Visibility Isn’t Good Enough Despite a variety of visibility options available to Shippers, many claim the visibility they have is not good enough to meet their needs. When you unpack the reasons why, a clear pattern in their responses emerges. These are top 3 reasons they cite: 1. It’s not actionable – Many early adopters of ‘off the shelf’ or DIY visibility solutions have come to know that a blinking dot…
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Fight Back Against Chargebacks

Fight Back Against Chargebacks – How suppliers can improve service and avoid chargebacks Chargebacks (aka deductions) occur when a retailer is prevented from receiving and processing an inbound order from a supplier according to plan (aka the service level agreement between them and their supplier). When this occurs, the retailer will pay the supplier less than the agreed upon amount on the invoice to minimally offset the pain caused by the disruption to their operation…
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