February, 2024

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14 Reasons Why Procurement Shouldn’t be in Charge of Valentines Day

Procurement Templates

Happy Valentines day, here is some procurement satire for February the 14th! Lack of Emotional Sensitivity: Procurement departments are typically focused on logistics, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency, which may not align with the emotional nuances and sentimentality of Valentine’s Day. Limited Creativity: Procurement professionals are trained to streamline processes and optimize resources, but they may lack the creativity needed to plan and execute romantic gestures and surprises effect

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Supply Chain Predictions for 2024

All Things Supply Chain

2023 was a whirlwind year for the supply chain industry.

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What’s behind UPS losing volume from top customers?

Supply Chain Dive

Amazon making more deliveries in house, shifts to other carriers and buy online, pick up in store initiatives contributed to the company's Q4 volume decline.

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How 3D Printing Will Change Supply Chains and Improve Sustainability

Supply Chain Brain

As the technology has advanced and become more available, 3D printing is expected to become an integral part of many industries’ operations and could ultimately help companies achieve sustainability goals.

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How a Global CPG Leader Optimized $500M of Direct Materials Spend and Exceeded Savings Goal

A Fortune 500 CPG company partnered with GEP to improve end-to-end category management, optimize direct spend categories, and increase strategic focus on tail spend. GEP’s sourcing expertise and market intelligence enabled the company to centralize sourcing and order management processes, strengthen key supplier relationships, and enhance supply chain resilience and agility.

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Generative AI use cases for the enterprise

IBM Supply Chain Blog

Remember how cool it felt when you first held a smartphone in your hand? The compact design and touch-based interactivity seemed like a leap into the future. Before long, smartphones became a way of life for organizations worldwide because of all they offer for business productivity and communication. Generative AI ( artificial intelligence ) promises a similar leap in productivity and the emergence of new modes of working and creating.

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Foxconn’s Tijuana Manufacturing Operation Shows the Nearshoring Possibilities

SCMR (Supply Chain Management Review)

Reshoring Institute Executive Director Rosemary Coates got a first-hand look at Foxconn’s Tijuana manufacturing site and saw what is possible when companies invest in nearshoring.

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Kodiak Hub: Vendor Analysis — SxM and Supplier Risk solution overview, competitors, user considerations, voice of the customer, analyst summary

Spend Matters

This Spend Matters Vendor Analysis gives an overview of Kodiak Hub, a supplier management solution that consolidates all supplier information and data into one view with a focus on performance and risk. There are many old, new and developing stories about risk and the disruptions impacting business continuity and operations. On top of these considerations, the regulatory/compliance landscape is also in constant flux.

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FedEx’s new digital platform aims ‘to be relevant in the multi-carrier world’

Supply Chain Dive

A FedEx executive addresses if fdx will be able to work with other delivery providers and integrate with e-commerce giants like Amazon in an interview with Supply Chain Dive.

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How Supply Chain Organizations are Leveraging Data Analytics to Improve Risk Management

Supply Chain Brain

Supply chain organizations that prioritize safety and risk management through data analytics, telematics, and newer equipment position themselves as competitive leaders.

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Climate change predictions: Anticipating and adapting to a warming world

IBM Supply Chain Blog

In an era of accelerating climate change , predicting the near-future can yield major benefits. For instance, when utility officials are aware that a heat wave is on its way, they can plan energy procurement to prevent power outages. When farmers in drought-prone regions are able to predict which crops are susceptible to failure , they can deploy additional irrigation.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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5G and Supply Chain Connectivity: Enhancing Logistics in the Digital Age

SCMR (Supply Chain Management Review)

Converting existing networks to 5G technology gives supply chains new opportunities to improve speed, accuracy and overall customer service.

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Mastering Warehouse Labeling for Clear Inventory Control

Finale Inventory

Warehouse labeling can seem like a tedious aspect of inventory control, but it can have a huge impact on your warehouse operations. It’s the difference between hunting for an item and wondering if it’s even the right product when you do find it, or knowing you have the right item in hand within seconds. This is what separates your business from frustrating delays and agitating customers to timely deliveries and raving reviews–and is what the right labeling setup can help facilitate S

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Time to Return to Just-in-Time?

Art of Procurement

“Wisdom is given equally to everybody. The point is whether one can exercise it.” – Taiichi Ohno, The “Ten Precepts”. The post Time to Return to Just-in-Time? appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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Walmart hits supplier emissions goal 6 years early

Supply Chain Dive

The retailer’s vendors have already reported enough projects to fulfill Project Gigaton’s target of cutting 1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases from its supply chain.

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Scaling Logistics for Success: A White Claw Story

Speaker: Scott Campbell and Molly Feller

As the demand for your products skyrockets 🚀, you're likely experiencing logistical challenges that are preventing you from scaling your business. The sudden surge in demand can be exciting, but it can also put a strain on your supply chain and logistics operations. In this webinar, join Scott Campbell, Vice President, Logistics & Demand at Mark Anthony Services and Molly Feller, VP Logistics as a Service Operations at e2open, as they explore the challenges that arise when companies expe

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The Rise of the Reshoring Movement in the U.S.

Supply Chain Brain

Remnants of a COVID-disrupted supply chain, economic choppiness, and pressure to lower prices have backed manufacturers up against a wall, and forced them to reconsider their approach to offshoring production.

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4 smart technologies modernizing sourcing strategy

IBM Supply Chain Blog

Sourcing is getting smarter. To start, many organizations have already pivoted from a tactical to a strategic sourcing mindset—which can make all the difference when it comes to gaining and retaining a competitive advantage. Why? Because organizations with strategic sourcing mindsets look beyond price and cost savings-centered supplier selection initiatives.

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Composing the Ideal Supply Chain Symphony

SCMR (Supply Chain Management Review)

With all the technology, labor issues and innovation taking place in supply chain, making it all work together is akin to a large-scale musical production.

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Nicole Glenn on the Power of Hope and Transforming the Logistics Industry

Let's Talk Supply Chain

2024 is coming at us fast and the supply chain is front-and-center when it comes to geopolitical tensions and wars plaguing the globe. Just this week, retail brands called for safe travel on the Red Sea amidst growing rates and delays and regional fighting that has cost over $80B in inventory. Yes, don’t forget the pirates. Just as piracy has eased up on other shores along Somalia, it’s on the rise again there and elsewhere.

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Supply Chain Orchestration: A New Era in Supply Chain Management

When the only certainty is uncertainty, what does that mean for today’s supply chain management approaches? This eBook delves into how supply chain orchestration can help businesses unlock agility, transparency, intelligence, and trust across their end-to-end supply chain.

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Beginner’s Blueprint: Barcoding Simplified

Finale Inventory

Inventory is the lifeblood of your business. If you’re a retail brand, wholesale distributor, or manufacturer, inventory is the core of your business. You buy inventory, bring it into your facility, and then hope to sell it for more than you paid to generate a profit. As your business grows, your catalog grows, your sales channels grow. As this happens, maintaining accuracy and efficiency becomes increasingly difficult.

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UPS plans layoffs at facilities in California, Ohio and Pennsylvania

Supply Chain Dive

Two sortation shift cuts, along with the closure of a trailer shop, add to reductions the company is making in at least eight other states.

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Three Benefits of Channel-Free Logistics

Supply Chain Brain

Channel-free logistics connects existing infrastructure to simplify the whole order-to-delivery process, encouraging circularity and sustainability, maximizing profits and streamlining operations overall.

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Conversational AI use cases for enterprises

IBM Supply Chain Blog

Today, people don’t just prefer instant communication; they expect it. Conversational artificial intelligence (AI) leads the charge in breaking down barriers between businesses and their audiences. This class of AI-based tools, including chatbots and virtual assistants, enables seamless, human-like and personalized exchanges. Beyond the simplistic chat bubble of conversational AI lies a complex blend of technologies, with natural language processing (NLP) taking center stage.

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How to Create a Blueprint for Fleet Resilience

Speaker: Jeff Dickinson - President and CEO of Railgistixs Transport, Supply Chain and Logistics Thought Leader

Despite the ongoing transformation of the supply chain and logistics landscape, the steadfast importance of carrier safety remains a core principle. From prioritizing preventative maintenance to optimizing fleet utilization, the fundamentals persist. If you’re overlooking and neglecting essential safety precautions today, this could result in expensive repairs and potential safety hazards in the future. 🚧 Join Jeff Dickinson for a conversation on how to mitigate risk, enforce compliance,

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Case Dismissed: Byron Allen v. McDonald’s

Art of Procurement

In May of 2023, two of the companies owned by Byron Allen, a black businessman and producer, sued McDonald’s for. The post Case Dismissed: Byron Allen v. McDonald’s appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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Fairmarkit: Vendor Analysis (Part 1) — Sourcing solution overview, market analysis, company SWOT, competitors

Spend Matters

This is the first in a three-part series that covers Fairmarkit’s sourcing offerings. The Pareto principle, named after the Italian economist and sociologist Vilfredo Pareto, states that if focused properly, 20 percent of one’s actions leads to 80 percent of the results. Procurement teams commonly follow this principle to prioritize activities and define focus areas to maximize return on investment.

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How to Create Real Retailer-Brand Loyalty

SCMR (Supply Chain Management Review)

Supply chain execution, from one end to the other, is the new competitive edge, and this applies whether you are the brand or whether you are the retailer. Working collaboratively is the glue that holds it together.

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As Macy’s and others close stores, TJX is picking up the supplier base

Supply Chain Dive

With big brand brick-and-mortar options dwindling, the off-brand retailer’s 21,000 vendors are increasingly looking to the company.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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The Evolving Last-Mile Delivery Trends and Expectations of 2024

Supply Chain Brain

Rising shipping costs, cumbersome processes and the growing demand for seamless service highlight the urgency for businesses to rethink their approach to last-mile delivery.

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Renewable energy in action: Examples and use cases for fueling the future

IBM Supply Chain Blog

As more countries, companies and individuals seek energy sources beyond fossil fuels, interest in renewable energy continues to rise. In fact, world-wide capacity for energy from solar, wind and other renewable sources increased by 50% in 2023. More than 110 countries at the United Nations’ COP28 climate change conference agreed to triple that capacity by 2030, and global investment in clean energy transition hit a record high of USD 1.8 trillion in 2023.

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Killer App: The UK Post Office Scandal

Art of Procurement

In today’s digital age, jokes are often made at technology’s expense. I have multiple calls each week where someone apologizes. The post Killer App: The UK Post Office Scandal appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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Fairmarkit: Vendor Analysis (Part 3) — Sourcing solution details, voice of the customer, analyst summary

Spend Matters

Part 3 of this Spend Matters Vendor Analysis 2024 focuses on delivering a detailed look into Fairmakit’s sourcing solution and concludes with an analyst summary. Part 1 delivers an overview of the company’s background, its general capabilities, a SWOT analysis and the competitive landscape. Part 2 looks at the solution’s strengths and weaknesses and offers user considerations.

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7 Leadership Themes for Procurement & Supply Chain Leaders in 2024

Procurement and supply chain leaders are presented with their fair share of challenges, with a host of tools and strategies to resolve them. That said, what’s the best path forward to leverage this year’s trends? In this recap of a recent GEP-WBR webinar, 7 Leadership Themes for Procurement & Supply Chain Leaders in 2024, GEP’s Pramod Sethumadhavan explores seven vital leadership trends that will help guide procurement and supply chain decision-makers.