Too often in supply chain we are focused on the immediate; on the execution of our orders today without as much thought on how our process and strategy should and will evolve in order to serve our operational needs as we expand our product lines, our markets and our geographic customer footprint.
The data and research is right in front of us. Whether you read Gartner’s Supply Chain research, daily articles from supply chain media outlets, or the Geodis 2017 Worldwide Supply Chain Survey, you’ll notice that a major concern for supply chain leaders is increasing supply chain complexity.
Most of the time that I hear about innovation in the supply chain, I read about robotics, Uber and self-driving trucks or the automated drones that will soon be delivering our Amazon packages.
However, while the mind-space of the media and articles trends toward these innovations, the conversations that we have with supply chain leaders usually are more grounded. They care about their operational supply chain and how to improve and optimize their flows, costs and service level to their customers. Robots are great but they have pressing need for innovation in how they execute their supply chains from how they collaborate with suppliers and partners to dynamically using inventory across their supply chain networks.
Last week, Geodis released their 2017 Supply Chain Worldwide Survey report, and if you get a chance, I’d highly recommend you download and read the report!
One of the most interesting stats in the report was on supply chain visibility. According to respondents, only 6% reported having “end-to-end supply chain visibility”. Only 6%!
In this post, I wanted to take a look at supply chain visibility, what end-to-end visibility mean and it’s impact on supply chains.
As supply chain professionals we always look forward to joining the conversation happening about supply chain’s evolution and this is why we were excited about attending the Supply Chain & Logistics Summit & Expo in Barcelona and the Chicago 3PL Summit. During the events, we had numerous conversations with supply chain professionals, listened to inspiring presenters talk about their supply chain innovations and enjoyed the informal program with great networking events.
Last week, Geodis released their 2017 Supply Chain Worldwide Survey and it’s worth the read. The findings for the report provide a wealth of information and benchmarking stats on the current state of supply chain strategies worldwide.
If you read our blog with any regularity you've probably noticed that we often share and comment on the musings of Adrian Gonzalez of Talking Logistics on here. This week MP Objects CEO, Martin Verwijmeren, along with Geodis VP of Supply Chain, Eric St. Amand, were guests on his video show.
Meet MPO at the Supply Chain & Logistics Summit & Expo, June 19-21
Next week more than 600 industry leaders will come together in Barcelona to discuss the latest trends and tools in supply chain. Over the three days of sessions you'll get to hear from thought leaders from across a wide spectrum of industries.
Meet MPO at the 3PL & Supply Chain Summit Chicago, June 14-16 .
Any business trying to build a flexible, competitive supply chain that leverages the latest technologies and innovations needs to attend the 3PL & Supply Chain Summit in Chicago this June.
The Importance of Supply Chain Orchestration - Some Highlights from the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Arizona
Last week Gartner held its annual supply chain executive conference in Phoenix. Overall it was an excellent event, with more than 1,800 supply chain leaders in attendance.
Working in Harmony with Suppliers is Easier with SCO
As the complexity of the average supply chain grows, collaborating effectively with suppliers is becoming increasingly challenging.
How Supply Chain Orchestration Can Impact Spare Parts Management, Repair, and Refurbishment
They may not receive the same consideration as order fulfillment, but spare parts management and reverse logistics are vitally important to many businesses.
Bring Visibility and Control to Order Fulfilment and Management
Supply Chain Orchestration (SCO) offers centralized control for planning and execution that covers all parties in the supply chain to provide real-time feedback and enable continuous optimization.
Connecting Extended Supply Chain is Critical to Staying Competitive
Heightened customer expectations, global political changes, and new technologies are putting tremendous pressure on supply chains to be more agile.
E-commerce leaders such as Amazon and Warby Parker have created competitive advantage with advanced logistics, shipping, and returns processes, building fanatically loyal and high value customers. The trends in consumer e-commerce are penetrating into B2B, where customers expect the same flexible service, ease of use, and multitude of delivery and return options.