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Magazine Archives

September-October 2018

September-October 2018

If it’s September, it must be time for Gartner’sTop 25 supply chains, the lead article in this issue of Supply Chain Management Review. As I was reading this year’s contribution from Gartner, I was struck by the number of the Top 25 that have launched NextGen Supply Chain initiatives, using Big Data, artificial intelligence (AI), robotic process automation (RPA), machine learning and the like to digitize their supply chains. It made me wonder: Is the rest of the pack falling behind or are they ready to follow the leaders?
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September-October 2018

September-October 2018

If it’s September, it must be time for Gartner’sTop 25 supply chains, the lead article in this issue of Supply Chain Management Review. As I was reading this year’s contribution from Gartner, I was struck by the number of the Top 25 that have launched NextGen Supply Chain initiatives, using Big Data, artificial intelligence (AI), robotic process automation (RPA), machine learning and the like to digitize their supply chains. It made me wonder: Is the rest of the pack falling behind or are they ready to follow the leaders?

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September-October 2018 Features

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Shining a light on the “black box” of transportation
Transportation carriers aren’t just agents for shippers. They’re full-fledged partners who are crucial to your production processes.

1
In this months issue of SCMR: Follow the leaders
This month’s issue will help you in your job of staying ahead of the pack, following the leaders and, with luck,...

4
e-tailing Update: Lessons from the newsboy
The series has chronicled the evolution of e-commerce using Walmart versus Amazon as a reflection of what has been going on in...

4
Let’s talk about CRM Systems
At industrial-product companies understanding sales activities is critical to developing them.

6
Smallholder farmers can keep pace with digitalization and go global
As the digitalization of supply chains progresses, how can small, less technically-sophisticated enterprises leverage the technology?

8
Does Artificial Intelligence (AI) -enabled demand forecasting improve supply chain efficiency?
AI-enabled demand forecasting is still at a relatively early stage of development.

12
The 2018 Supply Chain Top 25: Follow the leaders
Gartner unveiled the 14th annual global Supply Chain Top 25, identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices for heads of supply...

12
The age of multi-localism
A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council has released “Competing in an Age of Multi-Localism,” a new study that notes the...

23
Is your supply chain ready for the next recession?
Ten years after the Great Recession, maybe it is time to ask: Are supply chains better prepared for the next recession now...

24
NextGen technologies: Building the supply chains of the future
A new crop of supply chain technologies promise to increase efficiency, visibility and speed. Five technologists share their vision of the future.

28
Supply Chain Influence: Are we there yet?
Supply chain managers trying to get a seat at the C table ask: What do we need to know to increase supply...

32
Four Compass Points for global supply chain management…revisited
A rapidly evolving and increasingly global world poses new challenges for business survival. Supply chain managers who use these four interconnected compass...

41
Get better 3PL bids
An improved business operating model enabled through a costeffective 3PL agreement can be a game changer if terms are thoroughly evaluated and...

48
Is your supply chain prepared for disaster?
When it comes to risk, there is no such thing as being too prepared.

48
So, you want a strategic supply chain?
Industry leaders view their supply chains as a strategic weapon. Is your organization ready to make the leap? Answer these seven key...

50
2018 Warehouse/DC Operations Survey: Labor Crunch Driving Automation
The combined forces of a strong economy, e-commerce growth and a tight labor market are making it more important for distribution center ...

56
Where is supply chain software headed?
Industry leaders discuss the key trends, capabilities and innovations that will shape the future of supply chain software.

58
2018 Top 20 Automatic Data Capture Suppliers
The lines are blurring in the automatic data capture market where, thanks to advancements in smart phone technology, opportunities are opening up...

62
Think strategically about carbon management
Aside from environmental benefits, closely tracking carbon provides an opportunity for superior logistics performance.

68
As consumers demand more, the last mile becomes an opportunity
Meeting consumer expectations is never easy. Savvy shippers need to disrupt their fulfillment strategies before Amazon does it for them.

71
Sales order automation benefits the supply chain
Automating order processing can shorten cycle times and reduce errors that affect the supply chain.

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EDITORS' PICKS
IHS Markit’s New Economic “Predictions” for 2019 and Impact on Global Supply Chains
The U.S. will remain “above trend,” while other key economies will experience further...
Global Kuehne + Nagel Indicators Signal Global Supply Chain Resilience
So far this year, international merchandise trade has risen by 10.6%. Emerging markets and North...

A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council Predictions Released
GBPC’s 10 major predictions, fleshed out in the study, are based on continuous scanning of the...
New Research Indicates Greener Supply Chains Mean More Profit
Transparency is key when selecting new suppliers as 85% of businesses want to achieve a...