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Q&A: The Evolution of Control Tower & the Digital Supply Chain Webinar

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Aug 29, 2017 7:27:20 AM

This past Thursday, Brian Hodgson and I shared our thoughts on the evolution of control towers and what to look for when looking for a control tower to solve your business needs. You can find the on-demand recording here!

As always, we get a lot of questions during our webinars and here are our answers to attendee’s questions.

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3 Types of Supply Chain Control Towers

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Aug 17, 2017 8:32:03 AM

When in 1921, London's Croydon Airport introduced it’s first air traffic control tower, it did so to better manage an increasingly complex operation and ensure every pilot and passenger's safety on incoming and outgoing flights. The supply chain Control Tower has followed a similar trajectory, though what began as a simple visibility tool has advanced to encompass so much more. "Control Tower" has also become a buzzword. Though offered by many software providers, the term's meaning tends to vary depending on the source.

In this post, we’ll discuss the industry's growing complexity and how this change of pace is driving leaders to better optimize and measure their supply chains. We begin by exploring the different types of Control Towers in the market, and what you should look for based on your needs.

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4 Myths about Supply Chain Visibility

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Aug 10, 2017 9:57:42 AM

Supply chain visibility is one of the hottest topics in supply chain and for good reason. As our supply chains grow larger and in turn get more complex, supply chain leaders are increasingly realizing the gaps they have in their visibility across the supply chain.

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Do you have a single source of truth for your supply chain?

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Aug 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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.

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What Is Causing Supply Chain Complexity?

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Jul 26, 2017 8:24:02 AM

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.

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Supply Chain Innovation isn't just about robots, self-driving cars and drones [WEBINAR]

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Jul 19, 2017 9:32:56 AM

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.

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What is preventing End-to-end Supply Chain Visibility?

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Jul 13, 2017 9:21:19 AM

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.

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3 Key Insights and Trends from #SCLEMEA17 & #3PLUS17

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Jul 5, 2017 8:08:44 AM

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.

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The Top 5 Insights from the Geodis 2017 Supply Chain Worldwide Survey

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Jun 28, 2017 8:02:00 AM

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.

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Orchestration: The Key to Supply Chain Management.

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Feb 6, 2015 8:24:09 AM

“By the year 2020, 80% of the goods (compared to 20% today) will be manufactured in a country different from where they are consumed.”

Th insight above from McKinsey & Company's supply chain study illustrates the changing nature of supply chain in today's landscape. Supply chains are becoming more global and international not only with the parties involved in fulfilling and delivering an order but also in the flattening of the potential market for our goods and services. Companies that are pursuing growth will need to think about how to deal with this global environment and all the supply chain complexity that comes with it including quicker lead times, increased options and expanded product portfolios.

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