Monday, May 21, 2018

THE FUTURE--3PSCM OR 3PL?

We view the future of e-commerce/omnichannel Supply Chain Management includes either/or/both SCMaaS and/or 3PSCM. The 3PL model has served its time. Move aside.




Saturday, May 19, 2018

OMNICHANNEL WAREHOUSE ISSUE

Omnichannel warehouse issue. How to align with two different target markets with two different service requirements and two different operations. Number? Locations? Do separate operations in separate warehouses or combine both in each facility? Visibility?  Inventory velocity? Merge or dual supply chains?  Starting topics.




Wednesday, May 16, 2018

TARGET--STORE E-COMMERCE FULFILLMENT AND COST TO SERVE

E-commerce orders can be costly--bigger issue than Last Mile. Does Target know and understand Cost To Serve for this practice?





OMNICHANNEL AND COST TO SERVE

An underlying issue--perhaps more important than the ballyhooed Last Mile--with omnichannel SCM is Cost To Serve for warehouse and fulfillment costs with labor, order prep/ship, etc.




BLOCKCHAIN

Sorting through the various stories and hype about Blockchain, especially for trade, logistics, and Supply Chain Management to screen as to anecdotal, interesting, and hype.




Monday, May 14, 2018

LOGISTICS UNDERINVESTMENT

Story after story on logistics. Companies complain about transport and Last Mile costs. Big Brexit issue on customs. Years of underinvestment in logistics is catching up with firms and countries. The then unimportant is now very important. At a time of disruption.




Thursday, May 10, 2018

ISSUE WITH TECHNOLOGY FOR LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Two issues in the hype on technology for logistics and supply chain management—the lack of integration among technologies and the lack of integration with the process.  Technology is not a standalone; it is a process enabler.




Tuesday, May 8, 2018

DOMAIN EXPERTISE--LOGISTICS PROVIDERS AND SUPPLY CHAIN SERVICE

Is there an underlying issue with logistics providers providing a supply chain service as to domain expertise of logistics vs SCM? And this issue escalates with the dynamics and disruption of e-commerce and its required supply chain velocity? Not just a DHL issue?


STRUCTURALLY CHALLENGED RETAIL

Retail structurally challenged. Much seems to be about the lack of robust e-commerce and, as a result, the required supply chain that drives it.


THE AGILE SUPPLY CHAIN

TERMINOLOGY: The Agile Supply Chain (such as for omnichannel). WHAT IT MEANS--anything is possible when you are not the one doing the work.




Sunday, May 6, 2018

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT AND CUSTOMER SERVICE

Supply Chain Management has THE Customer Service tool--the Perfect Order, delivered complete, accurate, and on time. No other action in a company comes close.




Friday, May 4, 2018

END-TO-END SUPPLY CHAIN ASSESSMENT. STEP 3.

Assessment of End-to-End #Supply Chain.
3. Evaluate also in context of where the company is going and how it will get their. At best, the strategy. At least, the idea.




Thursday, May 3, 2018

LAST MILE, LOGISTICS COSTS AND ROBUST OMNICHANNEL STRATEGY


Is there a correlation between retailers and CPG manufacturers complaining of logistics and Last Mile costs and the lack of a robust omnichannel strategy and supply chain?




Wednesday, May 2, 2018

DIGITIZATION AND GLOBAL TRADE

In the coming digitization of global trade and Supply Chain Management, which is more subject to disruption--logistics or finance/banking?




Tuesday, May 1, 2018

END-TO-END SUPPLY CHAIN ASSESSMENT. STEP 2

Assessment of End-to-End Supply Chain.
2.  Analyze for process gaps and technology blind spots.





END-TO-END SUPPLY CHAIN ASSESSMENT: STEP 1

Assessment of End-to-End Supply Chain.
1. Use credible performance metrics. Inventory turns and Perfect Order--both customer and supplier.





Monday, April 30, 2018

AMAZON AND INHOUSE LOGISTICS

Amazon and insourcing/inhouse logistics. Will retailers and manufacturers do reverse outsourcing?
https://theloadstar.co.uk/investment-amazon-logistics-will-grow-outsourcing-goes-now/?


SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSFORMATION

Supply Chain Transformation for Omnichannel success vs easy, quick answers--like the easy, quick answers that created the problems they are dealing with now.




INVENTORY RICH


Answer—INVENTORY RICH.  Question—What do you call a firm that does not use the New Supply Chain with Inventory Velocity.



Friday, April 27, 2018

3PLs AND LOGISTICS PROVIDERS--DISRUPTION AND STRATEGY

3PLs and Logistics providers are facing much disruption from technology, e-commerce Supply Chains, and more.  Yet many are not developing new strategies.  Instead they are tinkering and "rebranding"--flawed approaches.  Why?