April, 2024

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U.K. Brexit Import Checks Delayed, Causing Confusion

Supply Chain Brain

Under the rules, medium- and high-risk products, which include meat and dairy products, as well as most plants, could be subject to checks at the borders for biosecurity.

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Amazon leapfrogs UPS, and 4 other takeaways from a top shipping index

Supply Chain Dive

Market conditions are leading to shifts in U.S. volume share, with some upstarts gaining ground, according to new parcel delivery data from Pitney Bowes.

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Even with +1, China is still #1

Art of Procurement

China’s role in the global supply chain is changing right before our eyes, leaving foreign buyers to feel the discomfort. The post Even with +1, China is still #1 appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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ivoflow: Vendor Analysis —  Direct spend management solution overview, roadmap, competitors, user considerations, analyst summary

Spend Matters

This Spend Matters Vendor Analysis provides an overview of ivoflow and its solution for direct spend management. Global supply chains are under constant pressure because uncertain geopolitical factors, rising energy costs, highly volatile raw material markets and increasing international competition make global supply chains and procuring goods challenging and unpredictable.

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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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Top 8 Benefits of Hiring a Certified Procurement Professional

Procurement Freelancers

The domain of procurement services is vast and complex, requiring specialized knowledge and skills to… The post Top 8 Benefits of Hiring a Certified Procurement Professional first appeared on Procurement Blog | Procurement & Supply Chain News.

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UPS Out, Fedex In with USPS

Procurement Bulletin

Summer of High Oil Prices My local news station has been warning drivers of surging gas prices as Summer nears. Oil prices are near a five month high. This coincides with the current production cuts by OPEC at least until June. UPS In, Fedex Out with USPS The collaboration between the US Postal Service (USPS) and Fedex is coming to end after almost two decades.

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Automakers get new standard for cutting a top source of scope 3 emissions

Supply Chain Dive

Indirect emissions are notoriously hard to calculate and address, so the Science Based Targets initiative put forth a new guideline for the auto industry's category 11 goals.

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Overcoming Procurement’s Fear of AI

Art of Procurement

“I think we are headed for human-centered AI where we have the human at the core, and you are going. The post Overcoming Procurement’s Fear of AI appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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Recapping new product announcements from Docusign Momentum 2024

Spend Matters

On April 11, Docusign hosted the in-person session of Docusign Momentum, its annual conference, at The Glasshouse in New York. The event featured major announcements, including a new logo and branding, an AI-powered intelligent agreement review platform with function-specific applications and other new products, such as a centralized repository called Navigator and a no-code/drag-and-drop workflow tool called Maestro.

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Forbes: The Devil’s in the Details, Part 3

Arkestro

Here are a few strategies to help procurement leaders get their order cadence and tempo under control, be more prepared for disruption, and achieve cost savings.

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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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What is on the Horizon for Supply Chain Management?

The Network Effect

The post What is on the Horizon for Supply Chain Management? appeared first on The Network Effect.

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Watch: A Symphony of Systems: The Rise of Warehouse Orchestration

Supply Chain Brain

Warehouse orchestration is the answer for facilities looking to integrate and efficiently manage a multitude of discrete systems, says Keith Moore, chief executive officer of Autoscheduler.ai.

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‘It’s important to get going’: How fashion is navigating the many complexities of sustainability

Supply Chain Dive

Understanding supply chains is key to both regulatory compliance and scaling solutions, executives said at an American Apparel & Footwear Association’s event.

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5 Things Procurement Should Consider When Evaluating AI with Heather Murray

Art of Procurement

“2023 was the year of the ‘dabbler.’ We all heard about AI, and we were all playing around with ChatGPT. The post 5 Things Procurement Should Consider When Evaluating AI with Heather Murray appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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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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Coupa Inspire 2024: New product announcements centered around ‘Margin Multiplier’ theme

Spend Matters

Spend Matters analysts attended Coupa Inspire Americas 2024 in Las Vegas, the company’s 11th annual Inspire conference and its largest to date. In their first dispatch our analysts cover Coupa CEO Leagh Turner’s opening speech, which touched on Coupa’s five initiatives to bridge the customer “margin erosion zone:” assisting customers with growth, efficiency, productivity, resiliency and sustainability.

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Maximize the power of your lines of defense against cyber-attacks with IBM Storage FlashSystem and IBM Storage Defender

IBM Supply Chain Blog

Today, cybercrime is good business. It exists because the profits are high while the risks are low. Far from stopping, cybercrime is constantly increasing. In 2023, the FBI received a record number of 880,418 complaints with potential losses exceeding USD 12.5 billion. This is a nearly 10% increase in complaints and 22% increase in losses compared to 2022.

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Abby Baird on Supply Chain as a Force for Positive Change

Let's Talk Supply Chain

2024 is flying—Q2 is here. It’s been a wild ride already, navigating continued inflation and escalating geopolitical tensions while keeping track of the latest global partnerships and mergers rocking market dynamics. Sound familiar? The global economy has been through a battery of shocks since we’ve made it to the other side of the Covid pandemic. The continuing conflict in Gaza with dire humanitarian implications is an ongoing supply chain disruptor and rising economic threat.

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Why Congestion Could Be on the Horizon for Port of L.A. Headed into Peak Months

Supply Chain Brain

A growing economy, drought conditions at the Panama Canal, and systems not designed to plan for trucking schedules could all spell trouble for the Port of LA in the months to come.

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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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DHL will pay $8.7M to settle allegations it gave Black workers more dangerous assignments

Supply Chain Dive

While Black workers moved “large, heavy packages,” their White colleagues sorted letters, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged.

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Forwarders share insights on navigating the Baltimore bridge collapse

Supply Chain Dive

Ceva Logistics, AIT Worldwide Logistics are encouraging shippers to maintain open communication and tap real-time visibility tools to keep tabs on diverted shipments.

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UPS wins US Postal Service air cargo contract, usurping FedEx

Supply Chain Dive

The delivery giant will ramp up its activity with the agency after a transition period, eventually moving the majority of its domestic air cargo.

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USPS delivery unit proposal sparks service, cost concerns for shipping partners

Supply Chain Dive

The agency is mulling changes to how shipping companies like DHL eCommerce and Pitney Bowes inject volume into its network, industry experts told Supply Chain Dive.

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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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Charting a Sustainable Path: Retail Supply Chain Evolution in 2024

Supply Chain Brain

Retailers have an opportunity to prioritize a more sustainable supply chain. But how can they do this while continuing to grow the business?

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Report: Tyson Foods Dumped 371M Pounds of Waste into U.S. Waters Over 5 Years

Supply Chain Brain

The toxic waste includes chemicals such as nitrogen, phosphorous, chloride, oil, and cyanide, released into rivers and lakes between 2018 and 2022 in 17 states.

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Taiwan earthquake’s impact on chip industry likely to be ‘moderate,’ experts say

Supply Chain Dive

The island is home to nearly all of the world’s most advanced chip production, making even small delays precarious for semiconductor supply chains.

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Apparel execs urge sourcing diversification amid geopolitical risks

Supply Chain Dive

Executives at an American Apparel & Footwear Association event underscored the need to find alternative sourcing as U.S.-China relations continue to fray.

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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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Port of Baltimore preps new alternate channel for larger vessel traffic

Supply Chain Dive

The limited access channel could help draw more commercial activity back to the port after the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

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How Businesses Can Cut Supply Chain Costs Without Jeopardizing Long-Term Growth

Supply Chain Brain

In a difficult economy, the most obvious action item on executive agendas is cutting cost. Yet businesses often fail to make good on that relatively straightforward objective.

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The Walmart RFID Tagging Mandate: Advantages and Compliance Strategies

Supply Chain Brain

While some retail supply chain leaders may initially feel hesitant about investing in achieving RAIN-tagging compliance, doing so can deliver significant upside potential.

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FedEx’s network poised for a shakeup after US Postal Service split

Supply Chain Dive

Daytime flight operations and pilot staffing are likely targets for reductions once the air transportation contract expires in September, experts say.

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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.