Aug 022017
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Facebook Supply Chain Discussions

Constantly updated.  Here is an assortment of Supply Chain discussions on our Supply Chain Facebook page.  Feel free to add to the discussions.  Our goal is to make the Supply Chain Today Facebook page the most collaborative supply chain community on Facebook.

What companies do you admire most because of their supply chain?

What are some of the top supply chain innovations of all time?

How important are standard processes to improve the supply chain?

What are common issues that arise in procurement?

What are the key components in a supply chain organization?

When searching for a location for a distribution center what questions should I ask?

What school(s) do you recommend for a Supply Chain MBA?

What changes do you see in Supply Chain in the next 10 years?

What are the top 3 KPIs to measure SC success?

Outsource or not outsource? Pros and cons. What determines when a company should outsource?

College student here. Should I major in supply chain?

How much impact does APICS certification have on one’s career in Supply Chain?

Is the ERP system SAP a good career choice?

What is Lean Six Sigma?

Let’s find out how global this group (Supply Chain Today) is. What country/city are you from?

Tag a person on Facebook who is very knowledgeable about Supply Chain.

Who/what should be in the Supply Chain Hall of Fame?

How does postponement strategy work?

What trends have the biggest opportunities for Supply Chain?

What have you done to improve your supply chain knowledge in the last 6 months? Very Popular.

What attributes can be used to determine the performance of a supplier?

What are common problems in the supply chain? Very Popular.

What opportunities will drones create in supply chain?

What is the difference between Logistics and Procurement?

What advice would you give to someone just starting in supply chain?

What companies do you admire most because of their supply chain?

What Supply Chain trends should people be researching?

What is the worst excuse you have heard from a company for not delivering on-time?

How will artificial intelligence be used in supply chain?

If a person has the experience and capability to do a job does a degree matter?

Community Question: Could someone please explain reverse Logistics?

Community Question: Guys i need some suggestions. I have been offered admission in MBA supply chain and M.S.C.M (Masters of Supply chain management).  I have to select one program….

What are people’s thought about Big Data in the supply chain? How can it be used?

What are the strategies we could use to be an efficient & effective Supply Chain company?

What reasons have you heard why a supplier has to raise their prices?

What part of a car would supply Chain be? And if you want to elaborate that would be great.

What would be the impact of BlockChain technology on the supplyChain!?

What advice would you give to someone just starting in supply chain?

What trends have the biggest opportunities for Supply Chain?

What is your favorite quote? Feel free to add more than one.


Facebook Supply Chain Discussion

Facebook Supply Chain Discussion

Jul 122017
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Supply Chain and Logistics Trends and Outlook

Matt Castle, Vice President, Global Forwarding Products and Services at C.H. Robinson sits down with Adrian Gonzalez, President of Adelante SCM to discuss major logistics trends anticipated for 2017 (Youtube).

Logistics and Supply Chain Training:

Supply Chain Quotes

  • “1. Increase Visibility. 2. Reduce Variability. These two activities encompass all layers of supply chain management.”
  • “Here are a few key supply chain trends you may want to research: Internet of Things (IoT), 3D Pringing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) , Deep Learning and Drones.”
  • “You want to be extra rigorous about making the best possible thing you can. Find everything that’s wrong with it and fix it. Seek negative feedback, particularly from friends.” ~ Elon Musk
  • “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” ~ Lee Iacocca
  • “Listen to anyone with an original idea, no matter how absurd it may sound at first. If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need.” ~ William McKnight, 3M President
  • “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” ~ William Pollard
  • “Where there is no Standard there can be no Kaizen.” ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “I say an hour lost at a bottleneck is an hour out of the entire system. I say an hour saved at a non-bottleneck is worthless. Bottlenecks govern both throughput and inventory.” ~ Eliyahu M.Goldratt, The Goal

Logistics Trends


Jul 012017
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Logistics Quotes

Here are a few logistics quotes.  Tell us your favorites.

“You will not find it difficult to prove that battles, campaigns, and even wars have been won or lost primarily because of logistics.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Logistics Quote

“The amateurs discuss tactics: the professionals discuss logistics.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Logistics quotes

“Major changes are coming to logistics. In the near future you will order a product and 30 minutes later a drone will drop it off right outside your door.”

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“Logistics isn’t that important.  Unless you are Walmart, Amazon, Alibaba, the military… :-)”  For those who don’t get sarcasm that is what this one is about.  Logistics is IMPORTANT!!

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“The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.” ~ Sun Tzu.

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“Residential drone delivery is being tested by a variety of companies.  From delivery packages to delivering pizza, it is in the near future.” ~

Jun 272017
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Uber Freight Officially Launches (What it Means for Truckers)

Uber Freight will most likely be a game changer for the trucking industry.  Could Uber freight be to the trucking industry what Amazon was to the retail industry?  For discussion on Uber Freight please visit our LinkedIn post or our Facebook discussion.

Uber Freight Information.

Digital Supply Chain Quotes

  • “The digital supply chain has the potential to completely change supply chain. However, do your due diligence before rushing in.”
  • “I have more respect for the fellow with a single idea who gets there than for the fellow with a thousand ideas who does nothing.” ~ Thomas Edison.
  • “Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability…. We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.” ~ Thomas Edison
  • “Where there is no Standard there can be no Kaizen.” ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “I say an hour lost at a bottleneck is an hour out of the entire system. I say an hour saved at a non-bottleneck is worthless. Bottlenecks govern both throughput and inventory.” ~ Eliyahu M.Goldratt, The Goal
  • “Quality is free. It’s not a gift, but it’s free. The ‘unquality’ things are what cost money.” ~ Phil Crosby
  • “All we are doing is looking at the time line, from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing the time line by reducing the non-value adding wastes.” ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” ~ W. Edwards Deming
  • “Focus on the lowest total cost of ownership not the lowest price.” ~
  • “If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.” ~ Henry Ford, founder Ford Motor Company
  • “It is impossible to improve any process until it is standardized. If the process is shifting from here to there, then any improvement will just be one more variation that is occasionally used and mostly ignored. One must standardize, and thus stabilize the process, before continuous improvement can be made.” ~ Masaaki Imai

Uber freight supply chain

Jun 252017
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Delivery Drones – DHL steals UPS thunder.

Delivery drones are getting more and more press.  Delivery drones will be a game changer for supply chain.  Even if your company has no intention of using drones it is still interesting to see how other companies are using them.  Who knows, drones could be delivery your packages in the very near future.

Digital Supply Chain – IoT, Big Data, Drones, AI, Cloud.

Delivery Drones

Jun 212017
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Dr. Frazelle describes LRI’s seven step methodology for optimization warehouse layouts and material flow plans.

Logistics Training.

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Jun 192017
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Container shipping documentary

Logistics and Supply Chain Training:

container shipping

Jun 112017
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Amazon Prime Air – Amazon made its first drone delivery

There are so many opportunities arising to further improve residential delivery.  Amazon Prime Air is one of many companies that are testing drones for delivery.  How will this impact supply chain?

Technology and Supply Chain Training.

Continuous Improvement Quotes

  • “A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation.” ~ Andrew Grove, former CEO of Intel.
  • “Observing many companies in action, I am unable to point to a single instance in which stunning results were gotten without the active and personal leadership of the upper managers.” ~ Joseph M. Juran
  • “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
  • “Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.” ~ Tom Peters
  • “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” ~ Jack Welch, former CEO of GE.  
  • “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” ~ Colin Powell
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Jun 102017
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Behind the scenes of an Amazon warehouse

The efficiency inside an Amazon warehouse is amazing.  Amazon continues to innovate to drive down prices and increase customer service.  Five minute video.

Supply Chain Training from Top Resources.

Jeff Bezos Quotes.  Founder and CEO of Amazon.

  • “The most important single thing is to focus obsessively on the customer. Our goal is to be earth’s most customer-centric company.” ~ Jeff Bezos, changed supply chain.
  • “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” ~ Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.
  • “All businesses need to be young forever. If your customer base ages with you, you’re Woolworth’s.” ~ Jeff Bezos.
  • “If you never want to be criticized, for goodness’ sake don’t do anything new.” ~ Jeff Bezos.
  • “We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.”  ~ Jeff Bezos.
  • “If you make customers unhappy in the physical world, they might each tell 6 friends. If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends.”  ~ Jeff Bezos.
  • “I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.” ~ Jeff Bezos.
  • “The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’” ~ Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO.

Amazon Warehouse

Jun 102017
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A Smart Look into Future Logistics.

Future Logistics could look very different than it does currently.  Delivery drones could completely change last mile delivery.  IoT, Big Data and Deep Learning have huge opportunities awaiting for Logistics.

Digital Supply Chain Training and Logistics Information.

Quotes from a Logistics Expert: Sam Walton.

  • “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves it s amazing what they can accomplish.”  ~ Sam Walton, founder of Walmart.
  • “I have always been driven to buck the system, to innovate, to take things beyond where they’ve been.”  ~ Sam Walton, Logistics and Supply Chain Expert.
  • “If you want a successful business, your people must feel that you are working for them—not that they are working for you.”  ~ Sam Walton, changed Supply Chain forever.
  • “There is only one boss – the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.”  ~ Sam Walton.
  • “We’re all working together; that’s the secret.”  ~ Sam Walton.

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