Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
Omnichannel warehousing creates a dilemma for many mid-size firms. The usual configuration is to fill the cube of the warehouse. That is what manufacturers and others do. E-commerce is not a vertical/cube issue. It is horizontal--fills floor space for inventory, rollers/conveyors, packaging, etc. That requires segmenting warehouse space to fit two different stocking and shipping requirements in a fixed warehouse footprint.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Technology is and will be a disruptor in logistics and Supply Chain Management. But more is needed. What is the context for it? Tech is a process enabler. Not a standalone activity. Need specificity on the processes of how and where and why. Too much shotgun going on.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Will the future of logistics be a battle between tech-based firms vs traditional, experienced logistics providers? This digitization seems to be what is happening with forwarding and other transport segments. How does blockchain change this battle? What about warehousing with large volumes of e-commerce products with required velocity and random putaway--a blending of tech and new ways of product flows?
Friday, April 6, 2018
UPS & FedEx got a great boost with e-commerce. Are they now cherry picking instead of chasing opportunities? Are they & other logistics providers stuck in their biz models and missing organic growth? What will new competition do to their online standing?
Friday, March 30, 2018
There are retailers and CPG manufacturers struggling with e-commerce supply chain management because of past underinvestment in SCM structure of process, technology, and organization. Plus they are stuck with defining it by logistics costs, not performance.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
The issue is bigger than online quotes. Can forwarders be saved even with digital? Or, except for niches, does digital mean disintermediation of these middle men? Are trading platforms a more viable option between buyers and sellers of transport?
Monday, March 26, 2018
One change with the required supply chain velocity for e-commerce has been transport mode and carrier and mode realignment. This is especially so with the upstream supply chain. The adjustment reflects buying a defined service.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Friday, March 23, 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018
The big omnichannel story is only beginning to unfold—CPG manufacturers. Store closings and bankruptcies are forcing them off the sidelines in selling their products. They need to take control and develop e-commerce capabilities. Two keys to the change are the reality of Direct To Consumer (DTC) and the new supply chain. The Supply Chain, both as to design and operation, for e-commerce is very different from the standard manufacturing supply chain. Supply Chain Management is a support for manufacturing/factories. SCM is central to and a key part of strategy for e-commerce. These role and responsibility differences underlie important issues with manufacturer omnichannel—TRANSFORMATION, CHANGE, AND SUSTAINING THE CHANGE.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
What is missing so far from Supply Chain Blockchain is a cohesive approach with buyers, sellers, transport/logistics providers, and others. Much is an all over the map listing of tests that do not aggregate into supply chain management and integrated.
How many retail customers are saying, "thank you for the customer experience with making me go out in the snow and cold to pick up on online order"? Do their next e-commerce orders go to another e-commerce firm? Keep ignoring the New Supply Chain with end-to-end velocity.