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Investment Triggers a Manufacturing Supercycle
Thanks to a trio of bills passed in the past few years, investment in U.S. manufacturing is at all-time highs, and that means the economy could be poised to take off again.
Supply Chains Struggle to Access Reliable Emissions Data from Suppliers
While regulations may jumpstart ESG initiatives, executives also anticipate business benefits to integrating sustainability into business strategy, according to research from Deloitte.
Artificial Intelligence to Drive M&A Activity in Supply Chain
Supply chain mergers and acquisitions have been slowed for several reasons, but declining inflation, stabilization of interest rates, and artificial intelligence could fuel more deals.
Cleo Announces New Supply Chain Management Tools for Integration Cloud Platform
Cleo has announced several new enhancements and functionality options for its Cleo Integration Cloud software.

Supply Chain Resources

Thinking Differently About Supply Chain Planning
Political landscapes shift overnight, global trade is constantly changing, consumers demand increasingly personalized service and smaller day-to-day challenges...
Navigating the Cost-Plus World of Supply Chains
This white paper aims to delve into the strategies that enterprises are currently employing, as well as explore...

Supply Chain News

A Primer on Sourcing & Procurement in an Integrated Supply Chain
Cost management has taken on increasing importance in all aspects of the business. And in no part of the business is it any more critical than in procurement and sourcing activities. In this article, professor Wendy Tate of the University of Tennessee explains the principles and techniques that enable effective cost management as part of an overall strategic sourcing approach.

Vested Outsourcing & Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing
In her book, Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing, Kate Vitasek talks about three case studies, with P&G, McDonalds and Microsoft, and their successful supplier relationships. A common theme was the shift away from a traditional customer-supplier relationship to a highly collaborative relationship aimed at developing a win-win solution.

Key Findings from Consero’s 2013 Procurement & Strategic Sourcing Data Survey
According to a new survey by Consero Group, an international consultancy based in Bethesda, Md, over 50 percent of Chief Procurement Officers said their company pursues short-term savings from suppliers that undermine long-term value.

Consero’s 2013 Chief Procurement Officer Data Survey
This survey, presented in partnership with Vantage Partners, LLC, was developed in connection with an invitation-only event hosted by Consero Group LLC in January 2013 for a group of Fortune 1000 Chief Procurement Officers.

“Borderless Business Environment” Driving New Pressure, Changing Priorities for Procurement Leaders
Procurement leaders face new pressures in 2013 as companies focus on profitable growth and balance local agility with global scale in their value chains, according to new Procurement Key Issues Research from The Hackett Group.

Transforming Inventory into a Strategic Weapon
From intelligently micro-segmenting their products to creating continuous inventory process improvements, few businesses have the capabilities and vision to transform their inventory into a competitive advantage.

Logistics Management’s 29th Annual Salary Survey
The Logistics Management 2013 salary survey finds the highest salaries in logistics and supply chain management will be earned by those sticking to time-honored values: education, hard work, and company loyalty.

Concepts of Demand Management
The concept of demand management includes demand sensing, demand shaping, demand translation, and demand orchestration throughout the value network.

The Hackett Group’s “The CPO Agenda: Procurement’s Key Issues in 2013” Research Report
Of all the Hackett Key Issues Studies conducted in the last five years, the 2013 edition shows the greatest year over- last change in priorities for both performance and capability-related issues. As companies adapt their operating models to the globalized business environment, business support functions are impacted in many ways.

An Overview of Norfolk Southern’s 2012 Sustainability Report
This is Norfolk Southern’s fifth annual corporate sustainability report. It discloses the railroad’s significant environmental, economic, and social impacts to provide stakeholders a way to assess our commitment to corporate sustainability.

National Gateway The Future of Freight
Infrastructure enhancements such as the National Gateway are critical for rail transportation to help create jobs, promote growth and sustain the environment.

Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Brick & Mortar Retail
Brick & mortar retailers in the grocery, mass and specialty categories have weathered tumultuous years with decreasing sales and increasing pressure from online peers. While e-commerce is not a fading trend, there exists widespread opportunity for improved performance of retail supply chains which will help brick & mortars compete in the new retail landscape.

Integrated Demand Management: When Will We Start Using Downstream Data?
The availability of downstream data has never been higher, but the efforts to use it are stalled. The answer lies in rethinking processes end-to-end to use the data. The answers fly in the face of traditional thinking and will require active stewardship by manufacturing leaders that understand why it is important to drive outside-in processes.

Overcoming Order Fulfillment Challenges in Manufacturing, High-Tech & Retail
Brad Kerr, Senior Director, Supply Chain Management Applications, Oracle Corporation and Michael Pearcy, Senior Manager, Capgemini discuss fulfillment best practices as well as case studies featuring companies that have successfully deployed Oracle supply chain solutions to address their distributed order management and fulfillment needs.

Aberdeen ERP in Wholesale Distribution
As a transaction-oriented system, it seems only natural that ERP would have a major impact on the day-to-day activities of finance executives. This Analyst Insight examines the challenges facing finance executives today, and the ways in which ERP is helping them to overcome these challenges.

Wholesale Distributors: Can Your ERP Get You Where You Want to Go?
Top ERP performers report double digit cost savings as well as significant reduction in cycle times and improvements in customer retention and percentage of complete and on-time deliveries. Yet the average ERP implementation in wholesale distribution fails to produce anywhere near the results

RedPrairie’s Focus on Task Management Delivers 57% Relative Increase in Sales for Apparel Retailer
When one of the largest off-price apparel store chains in the U.S. approached RedPrairie, the retailer’s management team had some very specific goals in mind. The retailer wanted to eliminate complexity from its store communications and employ targeted task management to drive sales, employee satisfaction and consequent productivity.

Questions & Answers with Vitran Corporation President and CEO Rick Gaetz
Group News Editor Jeff Berman recently spoke with Vitran Corporation President and CEO Rick Gaetz about the North American less-than-truckload (LTL) market, Vitran’s recent divestiture of its Supply Chain Operation (SCO) 3PL subsidiary, and the freight economy, among other topics.

Going Global Involves Heaps of Regulations, Other Hurdles
While small businesses have increasingly found opportunities to expand globally over the past few years, companies face a staggering number of regulatory hurdles when looking to import or export. By Amber Road

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University of Denver University College
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Korber Supply Chain
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BPE Global
BPE Global is changing the way that companies approach global trade compliance. Rather than look at global trade as a means to an end, we strongly believe that global trade compliance is critical to a company’s overall strategy and…
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KSD is a leading developer and supplier in Customs solutions. The company was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway. KSD’s solutions help companies to streamline their business and to accomplish efficiency improvements within their internal and external…
Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Defense Fund’s mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. What distinguishes Environmental Defense Fund is the…
SEKO Logistics
SEKO provides complete Supply Chain Solutions, specializing in transportation, logistics, forwarding and warehousing. We also lead the industry with innovative and configurable IT solutions, which provide a seamless flow of information and give our growing customer base true supply chain…
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