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Collaboration Crossroads: Breaking Down Silos and Building Bridges

All Things Supply Chain

Collaboration within a company is one of the many keys to its overall success. But unfortunately, many studies suggest organizational silos stop effective collaborations from occurring within companies.

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CPO Crunch: When it comes to AI, the key to starting is starting

Procurement Leaders

Given it’s dominated almost every conversation over the past 18 months, it was no surprise that artificial intelligence was top of everyone’s minds at the recent Americas Procurement Congress in Miami. What was evident from the discussions in the room is everyone understands the importance and the potential of AI. The issue leaders continue to grapple with, however, is identifying and prioritising use-cases for the technology – particularly when budgets are limited.

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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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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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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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The future of application delivery starts with modernization

IBM Supply Chain Blog

IDC estimates that 750 million cloud native will be built by 2025. Where and how these applications are deployed will impact time to market and value realization. The reality is that application landscapes are complex, and they challenge enterprises to maintain and modernize existing infrastructure, while delivering new cloud-native features. Three in four executives reported disparate systems in their organizations and that a lack of skills, resources and common operational practices challenge

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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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‘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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LSQ: Vendor Analysis — Working capital solution overview, roadmap, competitors, user considerations, analyst summary

Spend Matters

This Spend Matters Vendor Analysis provides an overview of LSQ and its solution for Working Capital Management. LSQ is an active participant in the fintech industry with its LSQ platform, which offers a suite of working capital management solutions. From spend insights to supplier management and payment management, LSQ’s FastTrack provides essential tools for businesses.

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Merging top-down and bottom-up planning approaches

IBM Supply Chain Blog

This blog series discusses the complex tasks energy utility companies face as they shift to holistic grid asset management to manage through the energy transition. The first post of this series addressed the challenges of the energy transition with holistic grid asset management. The second post in this series addressed the integrated asset management platform and data exchange that unite business disciplines in different domains in one network.

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In the Transition to Electric Vehicles, Components Sourcing Will Be a Growing Challenge

Supply Chain Brain

While welcome from a sustainability perspective, the shift to electric vehicles creates challenges for companies that supply traditional components and the original equipment manufacturers that rely on them.

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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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UPS sees big opportunity in Mexico’s nearshoring wave

Supply Chain Dive

The delivery giant anticipates both financial and efficiency benefits by handling U.S.-destined volume further upstream.

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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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How the Masters uses watsonx to manage its AI lifecycle

IBM Supply Chain Blog

At the Masters®, storied tradition meets state-of-the-art technology. Through a partnership spanning more than 25 years, IBM has helped the Augusta National Golf Club capture, analyze, distribute and use data to bring fans closer to the action, culminating in the AI-powered Masters digital experience and mobile app. Now, whether they’re lining the fairways or watching from home, fans can more fully appreciate the performance of the world’s best golfers at the sport’s most

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Watch: How Automated Trucking Will Impact Supply Chains

Supply Chain Brain

Improved use of tires and braking systems, not to mention safety, are among the gains expected when automated trucking is widely implemented in U.S. supply chains, says Peter Coratola Jr., CEO and founder of Ease Logistics.

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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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11 years after Rana Plaza tragedy, fashion brands still failing to improve treatment of garment workers: report

Supply Chain Dive

Only 1% of the 250 biggest fashion brands reveal the percentage of supply chain workers paid a living wage rate, advocacy group Fashion Revolution said.

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From Panama to the Red Sea: Understanding global commodity disruptions

Spend Matters

In the past year, numerous commodity markets faced disruptions due to factors like the Russia-Ukraine war, rising U.S. and European interest rates, and volatile economies. The Smart Cube’s “Commodity in Focus” series analyzes commodity markets to understand these influences and offer forecasts. This content is for members only. Visit the site and log in/register to read.

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IBM researchers to publish FHE challenges on the FHERMA platform

IBM Supply Chain Blog

To foster innovation in fully homomorphic encryption (FHE), IBM® researchers have begun publishing challenges on the FHERMA platform for FHE challenges launched in late 2023 by the Fair Math and the OpenFHE community. FHE: A new frontier in technology Fully homomorphic encryption is a groundbreaking technology with immense potential. One of its notable applications lies in enhancing medical AI models.

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Next-Generation Packaging Brings Reliability and Visibility to Supply Chains

Supply Chain Brain

The “next generation” of packaging must meet strict standards of recyclability, reusability, compostability, biodegradability and traceability.

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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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Union Pacific adds route between Chicago and Southern California

Supply Chain Dive

The new service is part of the railroad's push to convert freight from trucks to rail, saying it lowers overall costs for shippers.

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Net Zero in New York? JBS Accused of Greenwashing

Art of Procurement

On February 28th, New York Attorney General Letitia James sued JBS, the largest meat company in the world, under Executive. The post Net Zero in New York? JBS Accused of Greenwashing appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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Matchory: Vendor Analysis — Supplier discovery solution overview, competitors, user considerations, analyst summary

Spend Matters

This Spend Matters Vendor Analysis gives an overview of Matchory, a solution built to simplify and accelerate the supplier discovery process. In times when nearshoring and ally-shoring are at the top of the agenda of many procurement professionals, supplier scouting is making a comeback as an essential capability. Specifically, these discovery tools can help by making the job of sifting through the massive number of available companies more manageable.

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Group of European Countries Sign Pact to Protect Vital North Sea Infrastructure

Supply Chain Brain

The agreement was signed by six Northern European nations in the face of concerns over increased risks to underwater energy infrastructure in the region.

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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.

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Oracle adds AI-powered tools to supply chain platform

Supply Chain Dive

The software giant's March update included features like description generation and supplier recommendations.

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Procurement, AI, and Two Critical Questions

Procurement Insights

I just sat in on the Spend Matter webinar Navigating the Future: Meet AI in Procurement. Right off the bat, it was a very well-run 60-minute webinar that provided succinct insights on various elements of AI and its impact on Procurement. Having attended two different webinars in the past 48 hours, I can clearly see a difference between how a provider presents AI and the analyst approach.

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The Evolution of Logistics: Connectivity, Data Integration, and Virtual Design

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The term “logistics” may be relatively new, but its general principles date back to ancient civilizations. The early Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans pioneered the principles of logistics and designed trade routes to facilitate their connections with other nations. The Silk Road became a massively critical route that moved goods from the Mediterranean region to East Asia.

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How Supplier Diversity Can Yield Better Business Outcomes

Supply Chain Brain

Supplier diversity programs are not only good for society; they’re crucial to enhancing supply chain competitiveness, risk mitigation and cost reduction for businesses.

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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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Savannah port sees intermodal cargo surge in March

Supply Chain Dive

Infrastructure and low dwell times contributed to the Port of Savannah's 436,000 total TEUs handled in March.

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Buyer to C-Suite Story of the Month: Meet Harris Teeter’s Xavier Hare

Procurement Insights

EDITOR’S NOTE: It is always encouraging and exciting to see procurement professionals’ success in finding their path to the C-Suite. These trailblazers remind us of what is possible and available in terms of opportunities and impact. Here is the brief story about Harris Teeter’s Xavier Hare, who started out in the company as a part-time cashier and became the Director of Procurement and, in 2023, the company’s Director of Own Brands.

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Episode 160: Leadership Advice from the Battlefield to the Boardroom with Tom Williams

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EPISODE 160 Leadership Advice from the Battlefield to the Boardroom with Tom Williams By Kelly Barner | April 10, 2024 Few environments require leadership in higher concentration than the military. And yet the development of leadership skills is still a highly personal journey – where each individual has to find their own style and improve it over time through training, observation, and repetition.

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United Air Calls Off May Investor Day After Safety Incidents

Supply Chain Brain

United already had planned several changes, including an additional day of in-person training for pilots starting in May, and a centralized curriculum for new maintenance technicians.

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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