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Internal Warfare Between IT, Business Side Counterproductive

Internal Warfare Between IT, Business Side Counterproductive

Modern business not only relies on IT, but in fact is made possible by IT. If you believe that, then surely the fact that "IT" and "the business" are often at loggerheads appears to be insane. But the fact is that the divide and the rancor persist. »


Integrated ERP Solutions Enable Greater Internal Coordination

Integrated ERP Solutions Enable Greater Internal Coordination

In just a few short years, the wholesale industry has witnessed the start of a shift from the classic, "siloed" ERP solutions of the past to modern, "integrated" ERP solutions. »


Outsourcing Reality Check: How to Maximize ROI

Outsourcing Reality Check: How to Maximize ROI

The unprecedented transformation of consumer demand is driving cost and complexity into the supply chain. Keeping up in today's fast-paced business environment is forcing mid-market companies to analyze and implement responsive supply chain strategies that meet market expectations while driving... »


Set Up Supply Chain Benchmarking For Success in Your Retail Organization

Retail benchmarking is a critical, often misunderstood, tool to aid the assessment of supply chain performance and support decision making for strategic planning and tactical execution. Ask a retail supply chain executive what comes to mind when they think of benchmarking and individual metrics... »


Administration Turns to Former Wal-Mart Exec to Trim Air Force Energy Costs

Administration Turns to Former Wal-Mart Exec to Trim Air Force Energy Costs

Wal-Mart is one of the nation's largest private energy consumers, having to power millions of square feet of store space. So when the Obama administration wanted to cut energy bills for the Air Force - which consumes more energy than any other U.S. agency - it turned to the person who had led... »


Precision Technologies Increasingly Rely on Internet of Things

Precision Technologies Increasingly Rely on Internet of Things

If you manage factories, airlines, hospitals or farms, you probably know something about the Internet of Things. If you don't, your thoughts on the IoT may start and end with wondering why a coffeepot needs to talk to a toaster. But the fact is that the continuing development of precision... »


Supply Chain Success Turns on Collaborative Partner 'Ecosystem'

Confronted with shrinking profit margins, capacity concerns and rising customer expectations, today's logistics organizations are looking for innovative ways to provide better service at a lower cost and to ultimately increase profitability and competitive advantage. This is why supply chain... »


Implementing New Ocean Container Weight Rule Went 'Fairly Smoothly'

Implementing New Ocean Container Weight Rule Went 'Fairly Smoothly'

Forget playing the blame game, the fraught implementation of container weighing rules came down to the fact that the container shipping industry has no single trusted information source. »


Is Globalization Dead - or Just Entering New Phase?

Is globalization over? Some commentators consider the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union to be a sign that it is. Brexit has certainly thrown markets, exchange rates, and consumer confidence into turmoil, but the model of globalization that has developed over the past 200 years... »


Total Acquisition Cost Tool May Show Savings from In-shoring Overstated

Original equipment manufacturer sourcing decisions are typically based on total acquisition cost (TAC) formula comparisons. Because of this, such tools play a primary role in decisions about whether to purchase from domestic or overseas sources. TAC formulas attempt to take into account all cost... »


EMC2 Ensures Business Continuity Through Risk Management

EMC2 Ensures Business Continuity Through Risk Management

Matt Mills, senior program manager for global supply chain with EMC2, reveals how his company has developed an effective program for managing risk. »


Is Dry Bulk Shipping Headed for a Breakdown?

For those in dry bulk shipping, the market since the beginning of 2014 has been the worst downturn since the mid-eighties. Access to finance and liquidity will likely continue to be a pressing corporate issue for ship owners until the markets recover, and the longer this takes the worse the... »


How to Optimize Collaborative Shipping Procurement

How to Optimize Collaborative Shipping Procurement

With more than 100,000 freight carriers operating in North America, sophisticated shippers long ago realized the only way to successfully and efficiently procure transportation was by hosting regular bidding events. »


Five Questions for IT Managers to Consider Before Next Big Purchase

Five Questions for IT Managers to Consider Before Next Big Purchase

Let's face it: everyone likes to get a good deal on a purchase. For many consumers, saving money on something isnít just a delightful coincidence: it's a necessity. This reality will also sound very familiar to businesses that are working with limited resources and stretched budgets. The pressure... »


Supply Chain Challenges in Data and Analytics for 2016

In early 2016, APQC conducted a survey to determine supply chain priorities, performance, and trends. As part of this research APQC wanted to understand the priorities and common challenges regarding data and analytics. Read Full Article »


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