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One door closes, a better one opens

The sense of resolve out there seems at first counterintuitive, given the holding pattern of weak demand and continued uncertainty, even after COVID. Inflation, China de-risking, the brutality of…

AI liftoff delayed?

Artificial intelligence is everywhere these days. But what if it isn’t? I would guess that at least 50%, and probably closer to 70%, of the article pitches I receive these days involve AI. Most…

Procter & Gamble’s Amy Rardin announced as NexGen Supply Chain keynote speaker

Amy Rardin has proven successful at finding innovative solutions that lead to supply chain wins at Procter & Gamble. She will share some of that knowledge with the NextGen Supply Chain…

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One door closes, a better one opens

Friday, July 5, 2024 · Suketu Gandhi, Rupal Deshmukh, Gillis Jonk, and Sachin Narang
The sense of resolve out there seems at first counterintuitive, given the holding pattern of weak demand and continued uncertainty, even after COVID. Inflation, China de-risking, the brutality of Ukraine and Gaza, attacks on Suez shipping, Panama Canal drought, hacked data and…
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AI liftoff delayed?

Friday, July 5, 2024 · Brian Straight
Artificial intelligence is everywhere these days. But what if it isn’t? I would guess that at least 50%, and probably closer to 70%, of the article pitches I receive these days involve AI. Most conversations I’ve had at conferences this year have at least touched on AI and…

Procter & Gamble’s Amy Rardin announced as NexGen Supply Chain keynote speaker

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 · Brian Straight
Amy Rardin has proven successful at finding innovative solutions that lead to supply chain wins at Procter & Gamble. She will share some of that knowledge with the NextGen Supply Chain Conference audience in her keynote address.

Investor expectations influencing supply chain decision-making

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 · Brian Straight
Supply chain sustainability is increasingly an imperative for shareholders, and it is leading managers to consider investor relations in decision-making.

ISM reports manufacturing sees growth in March, snaps 16-month stretch of contraction

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 · Jeff Berman
The report’s benchmark metric, the PMI came in at 50.3 (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth), topping March’s 47.8, and contracting after 16 months of declines. ISM added that the overall economy grew, at a faster rate, in March, for the 47th consecutive month. The…

Supply Chains Facing New Pressures as Companies Seek Cost Savings

Friday, March 15, 2024 · Brian Straight
A Boston Consulting Group survey of global executives found a majority are targeting supply chain and manufacturing costs as the biggest areas to achieve cost savings in 2024.

February retail sales see annual and sequential gains, reports Commerce and NRF

Thursday, March 14, 2024 · Jeff Berman
Commerce reported that February retail sales, at $700.7 billion, rose 0.6% compared to January and were up 1.5% annually.
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A New Model for Retailer-Supplier Collaboration

Monday, March 4, 2024 · Mike Doherty
Leveraging a profound truth and the power of silence to improve collaboration and supply chain performance.

How to Create Real Retailer-Brand Loyalty

Monday, February 19, 2024 · Norman Katz
Supply chain execution, from one end to the other, is the new competitive edge, and this applies whether you are the brand or whether you are the retailer. Working collaboratively is the glue that holds it together.

Brands Make Vendor Compliance an Investment, Not a Cost

Monday, December 18, 2023 · Norman Katz
Traditionally, vendors viewed vendor compliance as a burdensome cost. Truthfully, it is to a certain extent. But it also can be an investment that can be turned internally and used to benefit the vendor company widely.

Jabil Acquires ProcureAbility

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 · Brian Straight
Global supply chain and manufacturing solutions provider Jabil has acquired procurement firm ProcureAbility for an undisclosed sum.

National Retail Federation Acquires Reverse Logistics Association

Thursday, September 7, 2023 · Brian Straight
The National Retail Federation is acquiring the Reverse Logistics Association as it looks to bolster its circular economy advocacy.

Simplify your Logistics Financials Complexity using aThingz Triple Double approach

Thursday, August 3, 2023 · SCMR Staff
In this webcast, learn how aThingz stitches the financial elements of Logistics, right from planning through the invoice process.

Bloated inventories are changing cash flow strategies

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 · Brian Straight
The inventory glut that has impacted businesses in the past two years is pushing more companies to consider supply chain finance programs to smooth out cash flow.

WMS + OMS: Maximize ROI & Win Customers for Life

Thursday, June 8, 2023 · SCMR Staff
Join experts from Körber Supply Chain, Perficient, and Bricz to explore how combining a WMS and OMS helps you increase margin, improve ROI, and capitalize on operational efficiencies.
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