When you can deliver toys to an entire planet full of girls and boys in just one night, odds are you've got a pretty good supply chain. But even the jolliest of elves knows there's room for continuous improvement. So what's on Santa's wish list this year? Matt Gunn, Brittany Brown, Suhas Sreedhar, and Jen Susa read St. Nick's list and check it twice to see which suppliers are naughty or nice.
Guy Courtin and Matt Gunn look into the crystal ball and predict the technologies and business challenges that will shape the year ahead. Will we see more consolidation or increased competition? Are AR and VR finally ready for prime time? Which industries are ripe for disruption? And when will 3D printing and additive manufacturing finally bring us those cool in-home replicators we saw on Star Trek? Find the answers to all of these questions and more in this week's episode of Supply Chain Radio!
These days it seems you can't go to a supply chain conference without hearing about blockchain. The hype is real, but the evidence of success is still scarce. But that's not so uncommon with new and emerging technology. The Internet of Things (IoT) was in a similar place a couple years ago - all hype, little action. But today it's taking off, and having a direct impact on supply chain. In this episode we explore the hype cycle of new technology, and how to identify the difference between buzzwords and reality.
In this episode, Brittany Brown, Matt Gunn, and Suhas Sreedhar discuss the most dreadful time of the supply chain year: contracting season. As we look ahead to early 2018, the ordeal of negotiating transportation contracts for the year looms large. But is there a way for shippers and carriers to ease the anxiety and the pain?
It used to be that Black Friday was the biggest shopping event of the year. But the growth of e-commerce and mobile gave shoppers more power to choose when, where and how they wanted to shop for the holidays, and today the holiday deals run from late October all the way through the New Year. In this episode, we discuss how the evolving shopping season puts a strain on supply chain, and how businesses can get smarter about seasonal demand.
Communications tools like Slack have transformed the way teams collaborate within a business. But can that same type of connectivity and interaction also apply to the worlds of operations and supply chain? Or are we doomed to rely on the age-old techniques of phone calls, faxes and emails? Find out, as Guy Courtin and Eric Johnson of American Shipper explore the power of communication in this episode of Supply Chain Radio.
Whether you think digitization is a buzzword or a new way of doing business, it's hard to argue that new technology is transforming the supply chain. But what does it mean for the world's largest carriers? Mike Riegler offers perspective on how digital technology is transforming the industry, and how 3PLs are positioned to connect new business models with real-world results.
All across the world, they serve as haunting reminders of the fleeting nature of prosperity. In this spooky, special episode of Supply Chain Radio we explore the ruins of the Packard Automotive Plant in Detroit, Michigan. What truths from its demise continue to haunt automakers today?
New competition and the rise of e-commerce have rewritten the rules in retail. As the industry undergoes a difficult transition, many retailers have realized that it's time to get back to what made them successful in the first place: focusing on the customer. In this episode we share some examples from the recent Shoptalk Europe conference of how technology is powering the personalized supply chain.
Hurricane season can wreak havoc on cities, businesses, and people's lives. And with storms like Harvey and Irma affecting the United States and Caribbean, 2017 could be one of the most disruptive hurricane seasons on record. In this episode we discuss the effort that goes into keeping the supply chain going through these black swan events, and the role businesses play in their communities after a storm.
What's in a name? Ask anyone in the supply chain community what "visibility" means and they'll surely be able to give you an answer. The problem is, not everyone's answers will be the same. In this episode, Greg Kefer and Guy Courtin examine definitions and their consequences. Can companies still achieve "visibility" and operate as "networks" without a clear consensus on what those terms mean?
Global trade management is an oft-used and often misunderstood term in supply chain. In this episode, we chat with American Shipper's Eric Johnson on the evolution of GTM and what it means for business today.
Gartner’s 2017 Supply Chain Executive Conference was all about bi-modal supply chains, supply chain visibility, and digital transformation. We also saw new concepts emerge around networks – Gartner opened by describing “digital ecosystems” a new way to orchestrate across global value chains. Recorded on the show floor, in this episode, Greg Kefer and Guy Courtin discuss key observations from the event.