March, 2024

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The Impact of Electric Trucks in the European Supply Chain

All Things Supply Chain

Ever since the horse and cart was replaced by its motorised successor, the humble diesel truck has evolved each year to become an increasingly efficient machine, capable of carrying heavier…

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UPS plans to close around 200 US facilities, shift volume to automated hubs

Supply Chain Dive

The company is consolidating locations as part of its "Network of the Future" initiative, which aims to reduce its labor needs and save $3 billion by 2028.

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Treasure Hunting with TJX

Art of Procurement

The last few years have not been kind to retailers. Inventory misalignment has dragged down revenue and working capital. Companies. The post Treasure Hunting with TJX appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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Why Container Lines Don’t Fear the Massive Supply of New Ships on Order

Supply Chain Brain

The world’s major ocean container lines can’t get enough of big new ships — never mind the threat of severe overcapacity and a resulting downward pressure on freight rates.

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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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Crisis Management 101: A Supply Chain Primer

SCMR (Supply Chain Management Review)

Many supply chains have developed plans to navigate through disruptions, but fewer have detailed crisis management plans to implement should the unthinkable happen.

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AI and the practice of Procurement – Contracting and Legal

Spend Matters

Complementing our recent research into AI in procurement solution use cases and our wider theme around AI in general , Spend Matters has been undertaking a series of interviews with senior procurement practitioners to gauge the level of interest in, and infiltration of, AI and generative AI (GenAI) in the practical lives of the procurement organization today.

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4 best practices for the global supply chain of the future

Supply Chain Dive

Consulting experts, prioritizing data analytics and highlighting sustainability efforts can help ensure reliable operations in the face of global disruption.

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Katie Date on Bringing Women in Supply Chain Together

Let's Talk Supply Chain

Q2 is just around the corner. 2024 has brought a fresh sense of urgency to the global supply chain amidst growing regional wars and tensions, and calls from climate scientists have kept sustainability initiatives a top priority. Rising sea levels and major American metropolitans slowly sinking have climate scientists on high alert and raising the alarm for government and commercial organizations.

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Planning for Natural Disasters: A Growing Priority in Supply Chain Risk Management

Supply Chain Brain

When it comes to assessing supply chain risks, planners generally don’t place natural disasters at the top of the list. But with the growing number of extreme weather events, that could change in the coming years.

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PepsiCo’s Supply Chain Journey to ‘Always Everywhere’

SCMR (Supply Chain Management Review)

PepsiCo is known for its iconic food and beverage items, but it required partnering with other organizations to truly remake its supply chain on a journey to be “always everywhere” for its customers.

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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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Spend Matters releases the Spring 2024 SolutionMap Insider featuring 79 procurement technology solutions

Spend Matters

Today Spend Matters is delighted to announce the release of its Spring 2024 SolutionMap and TechMatch℠ procurement technology rankings, which include 79 procurement technology vendors. Known as the most data-centric functionality assessment of procurement technologies in the industry, SolutionMap Insider put these 79 procurement technology vendors through rigorous functionality and capability assessments via 500+ RFI requirements across 12 source-to-pay (S2P) categories, with mandatory demos and

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5G use cases that are transforming the world

IBM Supply Chain Blog

In the tech world and beyond, new 5G applications are being discovered every day. From driverless cars to smarter cities, farms, and even shopping experiences, the latest standard in wireless networks is poised to transform the way we interact with information, devices and each other. What better time to take a closer look at how humans are putting 5G to use to transform their world.

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3 warehouse real estate markets to watch in 2024

Supply Chain Dive

A recent wave of construction completions could help tenants secure more favorable deals at logistics hot spots near major ports and the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Lead Scoring: Definition, How To Score, and Lead Scoring Models

The Thomas Blog

Lead scoring is a strategy used to rank prospects according to their potential to become customers. It involves assigning numerical scores to each lead based on various attributes, including: demographic information, engagement with the brand's digital presence, and other behaviors indicative of their interest. This system helps sales and marketing teams prioritize leads, tailor their outreach strategies, and ultimately, improve conversion rates.

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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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Nearshoring Is Booming in Mexico. Here Are Five Numbers to Prove It

Supply Chain Brain

Businesses in the U.S., Canada, and even South America have been bringing their supply chains closer to the consumer — that is, nearshoring — and Mexico has been the beneficiary.

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CPOs Pivot AI Focus from What’s Possible to Implementation

SCMR (Supply Chain Management Review)

More procurement leaders are trying to implement AI and automation into their operations, shifting gears from a what’s possible to a how-to-implement strategy.

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Halo Ai: Vendor Analysis — Third-party risk management solution overview, roadmap,, competitors, tech selection tips, analyst summary

Spend Matters

This Spend Matters Vendor Analysis provides an overview of Halo Ai and its solution for third party risk management. Third-party risk management (TPRM) is often an afterthought for organizations or a measure only taken after a risk event occurs. However, third party risk management should be implemented in every procurement department, as regulations and the uncertainties of the post-pandemic era are making these issues around compliance, data security, supply chain resilience and business conti

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Ahead of the curve: How generative AI is revolutionizing the content supply chain

IBM Supply Chain Blog

The global adoption of generative AI is upon us, and it’s essential for marketing organizations to understand and play in this space to stay competitive. With content demands expected to grow in the next few years, organizations need to create more content at a faster pace to meet customer expectations and business needs. Knowing how to manifest these improvements is not always clear: Enter generative AI and the content supply chain.

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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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Supply chain, manufacturing and procurement ‘a very big focus’ for cost-cutting CFOs

Supply Chain Dive

Executives' 2024 priorities make sense given geopolitical tensions and the rising costs of raw materials and other inputs, said Boston Consulting Group's Paul Goydan.

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Three Strikes for the New Baseball Uniform

Art of Procurement

I live in Boston, one of the greatest sports towns in the world (if we do say so ourselves). With. The post Three Strikes for the New Baseball Uniform appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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With Suppliers Running at Near-Capacity, Is the ‘COVID Effect’ Finally Fading?

Supply Chain Brain

Are global supply chains finally shaking off the after-effects of the pandemic? The latest findings from GEP’s Global Supply Chain Volatility Index suggest that might be the case.

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Finding the Right Approach for Supply Chain Education

SCMR (Supply Chain Management Review)

The COVID pandemic accelerated the adoption of online supply chain education. Today, organizations and employees have their choice of online, in-person or hybrid learning environments, but there is no one-size-fits-all approach.

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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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Autogmentation Part 5: A detailed examination of GenAI features in procurement tech

Spend Matters

Procurement has not been immune to the latest evolution in technology. While initial automations initially increased process velocity by taking over more tactical, repetitive tasks, they gradually evolved to cover more complex ones. At first, these only required more analytical activities to augment human workers, but they eventually evolved from predictive and prescriptive analytics towards more embedded and autonomous analytics that directly help execute the workflows.

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How to become an AI+ enterprise

IBM Supply Chain Blog

We have all been witnessing the transformative power of generative artificial intelligence (AI), with the promise to reshape all aspects of human society and commerce while companies simultaneously grapple with acute business imperatives. In 2024, companies confront significant disruption, requiring them to redefine labor productivity to prevent unrealized revenue, safeguard the software supply chain from attacks, and embed sustainability into operations to maintain competitiveness.

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5 ways drone delivery providers are advancing in 2024

Supply Chain Dive

Announcements from Zipline, DroneUp, Wing and Skyports Drone Services this year demonstrate drones' growing presence in supply chains.

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Using Your End Of Year Budget for L&D Effectively

Skill Dynamics

As the year draws to a close, organizations face the critical task of effectively utilizing their end-of-year Learning and Development budgets. The allocation of this budget is not a decision to be taken lightly, as it has a direct impact on the company’s growth, productivity, and talent development. With countless options available in the market, it’s crucial to find a solution that aligns with your organizational objectives and addresses your specific skill gaps.

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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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Four Keys to Realizing Flexible Fulfillment of E-Commerce Orders

Supply Chain Brain

The adoption of e-commerce as the consumer’s retail channel of choice has increased by 30% post-pandemic, spurring urgent mandates for e-tailers to scale operations and services.

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Are Your Data Visualizations Readable by Everyone?

SCMR (Supply Chain Management Review)

Good reporting standards should be part of an organization’s policies and guidelines. Don’t wait until someone asks, and don’t force someone to be an exception: make sure that your data visualizations can be read by all those who receive them.

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VORTAL: Vendor Analysis — e-Sourcing and e-Procurement solution overview, roadmap, customer feedback, competitors, user considerations, analyst summary

Spend Matters

In this Spend Matters Vendor Analysis we provide an overview of VORTAL and its source-to-pay (S2P) solution. Procurement organizations increasingly demand efficient and streamlined processes. Traditional procurement processes can be complex, time-consuming and manual, leading to inefficiencies, a lack of transparency and increased risk. To overcome these challenges organizations often look for a technology solution that offers automation, centralized data management and streamlined workflows.

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EclipseStore enables high performance and saves 96% data storage costs with WebSphere Liberty InstantOn

IBM Supply Chain Blog

As AI technology advances, the need for high-performance, cost-effective and easily deployable solutions reached unprecedented levels. EclipseStore, a groundbreaking data storage platform from MicroStream , is revolutionizing the development of cutting-edge software applications. IBM ® collaborated with MicroStream to integrate the IBM WebSphere ® Liberty InstantOn feature within EclipseStore.

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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.