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42 Principles of Forecasting

Listed in: Forecasting, Supply Chain Mgmt/Optimization

Forecasting is a thankless task. You’re always wrong, and your work is never done. Good forecasts aren’t always celebrated, but inaccurate forecasts will always be criticized. While poor forecasts deserve to be critiqued, good forecasts – or consistent improvements in forecast accuracy – equally deserve hosannas and rewards. This new e-book provides practical and actionable tips to help your company improve its forecasting process.

The Value of a TMS and Logistics Services for Effective Inbound Freight Management

Listed in: TMS, Transportation Mgmt/Freight Mgmt, Trucking-LTL

This whitepaper will help you gain a deep understanding of how to effectively manage and understand the nuances of LTL freight shipping. It covers the challenges logistics executives face in inbound freight shipping; areas to focus on to improve inbound freight management; and the requirements of an effective transportation management system. Learn how deploying an effective inbound freight program reaps benefits including significant cost reductions, improved transportation efficiency, better control over incoming goods, a boost in customer service, reduction in cycle time, and even freedom from legal headaches.

Add Resilience to Supply Chains

Listed in: 3PL, Supply Chain Mgmt/Optimization

Natural disasters and other events can disrupt connections between you, suppliers, and customers. You can circumvent disruptions or minimize their impact on the supply chain. This whitepaper explores which companies face the greatest risk for disruption, what supply chain mapping can reveal about risk, and how you can build resilience into your supply chain.

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Enterprise Mobility Management: The Big Bang Theory

Listed in: Wireless/Mobile Technology

The array of choices facing mobile device users can be dizzying. Whether your enterprise needs the entire stack of device, content- and app-management capabilities, and containerization, or just a few, you need some kind of enterprise mobility strategy. This research describes how companies that have deployed enterprise mobility management have been able to overcome many challenges, satisfy employee access demands, secure corporate data, and delight management with new potential for productivity and ROI.

Digital Twin: Manufacturing Excellence Through a Virtual Factory

Listed in: Supply Chain Mgmt/Optimization

Download this whitepaper to learn how a new concept – a “digital twin” – can be used to improve the feedback loop from production back to design. Manufacturers embracing a digital twin strategy can accelerate innovation cycles – and better adjust to continuous process improvement – with greater ease and effectiveness.

Building the Smarter Energy Supply Chain

Listed in: Supply Chain Execution, Supply Chain Mgmt/Optimization

This comprehensive whitepaper provides an overview on building a smarter supply chain in the energy sector. It urges logistics executives to rethink traditional energy supply chain models, and implement a highly integrated approach, before logistics drive up costs and destroy profit margins. The report – based on research by Lisa Harrington, associate director at the Supply Chain Management Center of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland – advocates an orchestrated, data-driven, end-to-end supply chain model that increases visibility and reliability, and reduces costs and risk.

The Alibaba Effect: What Today’s 3PLs Need to Know

Listed in: 3PL, Retail Logistics

Alibaba has burst on to the global scene and is poised to make a huge impact on today’s marketplace. This new player, coupled with increasing customer expectations, means that today’s third-party logistics (3PL) providers need new omni-channel strategies and solutions. Download this new whitepaper to learn how marketplaces such as Alibaba are developing new opportunities for retailers and consumer product companies, and the best ways that 3PLs can provide smart supply chain solutions to support them.

Seven Order Fulfillment Strategies to Fast Track Your E-Commerce Business Growth

Listed in: Fulfillment, Retail Logistics

Most e-commerce businesses start small, fulfilling daily orders using manual processes and handling growth by simply adding more staff, more shifts and more storage. This approach can work to a limited extent, but with increased success comes increased order volume, lines per order, complexity and the inevitable need to upgrade to a fulfillment facility with some level of automation. This whitepaper shares seven proven order fulfillment growth strategies, and includes tips that can help you get your orders out the door more efficiently, accurately, and cost-effectively as your business grows and seasonal demand occurs.

Aberdeen Group Report: Domestic vs. International Supply Chain Performance & Investment Disparity

Listed in: Global Logistics, Supply Chain Execution

The increased complexity of global supply chains has led to longer lead times, more in-transit inventory, and the need to control downstream and upstream logistics. These costs add up, which means that a one-percent investment in international supply chain efficiency yields a far greater return than investment in the domestic supply chain. Download this report to learn how you can maximize your global supply chain performance.

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Big Data in the Supply Chain

Listed in: Logistics IT, Transportation, Warehousing

Prior to investing resources into "big data" systems, software, and people, firms must understand that data aggregation alone is insufficient. Without a well-thought-out strategy, big data projects can result in confusion between teams, or worse, lead to sunk costs. This article uses three examples to illustrate data-driven improvement opportunities in transportation, warehousing, and network design. The ultimate deliverable of data-oriented efforts should be greater transparency in decision-making.

Digital Editions

December 2014 Cover

Full Digital Issue

December 2014

(92 pages • 17.97 MB PDF)

July 2014 Cover

Full Digital Issue

July 2014

(261 pages • 56.1 MB PDF)

Chasing The Horizon: Countdown to Panama Canal Expansion Cover

Digital Edition

Chasing The Horizon: Countdown to Panama Canal Expansion

(9 pages • 2.54 MB PDF)

2014 Logistics Planner Cover

Digital Edition

2014 Logistics Planner

(162 pages • 23.2 MB PDF)