Analyst Insight: A perfect performance means playing the right song for the right audience. This even applies to supply chain. When supply chain is one-size-fits-all, the orchestra falls out of tune, compromising quality to try to satisfy everyone. To deliver the best performance consistently, businesses need to prioritize customer demands through segmentation and synchronization. This reassembles supply chain to place customer needs at the core, allowing harmony between the business and customer. - Rodrigo Cambiaghi, Principal; Claudio Menegusso, Senior Manager; and Carolyn Dombrowski, Consultant, all with Advisory Services of Ernst & Young LLP
Analyst Insight: The overall market for U.S. 3PL providers has surpassed $116bn after six consecutive years of expansion. The 3PL market has expanded in all but one of the last 10 years, with a recession-fueled decline in 2009 the only blemish. At the same time, global corporations are striving to consolidate the number of logistics providers they work with to obtain more services from fewer providers. - John Johnson, Senior Content Specialist, Gartner Supply Chain
Just who's responsible for weighing that ocean container? After several years of thrashing out a rule to combat the problem of misdeclared weights, regulators and rulemaking bodies still can't seem to agree.
Analyst Insight: Organizations say that supply chain visibility is an issue but are not connecting the dots to address these concerns. While they acknowledge that they need to spend more on technology to facilitate this they are still confused on how to create a holistic supply chain visibility strategy to orchestrate multiple systems, harmonize integrations and streamline operations. - Dylan Persaud, Managing Director, Eval-Source