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Building an Omnichannel Fulfillment Road Map

Building an Omnichannel Fulfillment Road Map

Analyst Insight: Omnichannel commerce is the new "normal" for retail. And it's a tall order for most companies to achieve. You'll need an omnichannel road map that incorporates where you've come from and where you need to be based on your customers' expectations and your business strategy. Joe... »


What's Next in Retail? From Early Adoption to Best Practice

What's Next in Retail? From Early Adoption to Best Practice

Analyst Insight: The last two years have seen a rush to provide store fulfillment services - similar to the efforts to deploy e-commerce FCs back in 1998-2000. To date, store fulfillment initiatives have largely been tactical, technology-driven initiatives chartered to leverage existing... »


Supply Chain Is the Critical Link for Omnichannel Retail

Supply Chain Is the Critical Link for Omnichannel Retail

Analyst Insight: The retail cut of the 2014 SCM World CSCO Study reaffirms that for most companies omnichannel is a major retail supply chain disruptor and that, for a few, progress has been made. Fulfillment changes have been driven by a desire for greater speed and agility. Battle lines are drawn... »


The Future of PLM: From 'Engineered' to Collaborative Environment

The Future of PLM: From 'Engineered' to Collaborative Environment

Analyst Insight: Information technology tools have played a large role in advancing the efficiency of product development over the past 20 years. In terms of helping organizations opening lines of communication and better integrating product development with essential supply chain and manufacturing... »


Meeting the Challenge of Fast-Moving Consumer Goods

Enrique Castillo, president and chief operating officer of Fast Logistics Group, relates how the lead logistics provider adopted a sales and operations planning (S&OP) process to improve the reliability of delivery for major consumer-goods brands. A finalist in the SupplyChainBrain/CSCMP Supply... »


How To Manage DC Talent

How To Manage DC Talent

Analyst Insight: Keeping talent has risen to be a concern for managers, directors and CEOs across the country. It's even caught the attention of academics. What policies employed at the DC level gets the most out of the money spent on training, and gets the best results? Our 2014 study starts to... »


How to Ensure Global Trade Compliance

Exporters can get into serious trouble if they lack an effective trade-compliance program. Attorney Christos Linardakis, senior counsel with the Braumiller Law Group, shares some real-life stories of international sales gone wrong. »


Next-Generation Rail Fleet Management

Next-Generation Rail Fleet Management

Analyst Insight: The shale gas revolution has fueled a resurgence of domestic manufacturing, driving rail shipments up over 6 percent and a two-year backlog for new cars. Maximizing fleet utilization is now a key management issue for most shippers. While current rail management tools are effective... »


What's at Risk If My Business-critical Systems Are Compromised?

What's at Risk If My Business-critical Systems Are Compromised?

In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting vulnerabilities within business-critical applications running on SAP platforms. Everything from malware being loaded up on RFID devices and being inserted into the manufacturing process, to high-risk "denial... »


Is The Pharma Supply Chain Ready for Change?

Is The Pharma Supply Chain Ready for Change?

Analyst Insight: The pressures faced by the pharmaceutical industry are well known. These include the increasing cost of healthcare, the aging of the population in the developed world, market entry hurdles in many emerging markets, excess manufacturing capacity, reimbursement decisions based on... »


Improving Inventory Management in 2015 - and Beyond

Improving Inventory Management in 2015  and Beyond

With a new year comes a renewed focus on inventory and how to manage it. All systems and aspects of the supply chain must match up with customer demands in the ever-present and evolving omnichannel environment. After all, customers can order goods from anywhere on any smart device, and their... »


Recent Developments in PLM Support Supply Chain Collaboration

Recent Developments in PLM Support Supply Chain Collaboration

Analyst Insight: Recent developments in PLM technology have increased substantially the potential for sharing of product data throughout the extended enterprise. Access to such technology has historically been highly variable, especially among smaller members of the supply chain. However,... »


How Will Pharma Industry Evolve in 2015?

How Will Pharma Industry Evolve in 2015?

Analyst Insight: The pharmaceutical industry is finally sharpening its focus on profitability and efficiency. 2014 saw continued mergers and acquisitions, but more importantly, the acceleration of business focus on core sectors. Now that the impacts of the Affordable Care Act are better understood,... »


E-Commerce, Omnichannel Changing Supply Chain Network Design

E-Commerce, Omnichannel Changing Supply Chain Network Design

Analyst Insight: It's no secret that the explosion of e-commerce, omnichannel, multichannel and social media - along with large online retailers' offerings - have significantly raised customers' expectations for rapid delivery, free shipping and free returns. Customers are clearly signaling that a... »


Powering Pharma With Supply Chain Analytics

Powering Pharma With Supply Chain Analytics

Analyst Insight: Radically changing market conditions in the global pharmaceuticals industry are creating volatility in supply and demand, as well as affecting customer service levels and costs. Pharma companies are also faced with impending margin pressure from generics. In this environment,... »


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