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.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.
  • “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.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.
  • “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

 

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IoT Blockchain Convergence

“I didn’t understand IoT, Big Data or Blockchain when I first heard these terms.  Learn about them or get left behind.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.

Digital Supply Chain and Block Chain Training.

Digital Supply Chain Quotes

  • “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.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.
  • “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
  • “Leaders win through logistics. Vision, sure. Strategy, yes. But when you go to war, you need to have both toilet paper and bullets at the right place at the right time. In other words, you must win through superior logistics.” ~ Tom Peters
  • “Think of a 3D printer as your TV. The same way your TV streams movies your 3D printer could download plans to make any product in your warehouse. Is the future of warehouses the same as video stores.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

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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.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.

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“Logistics isn’t that important.  Unless you are Walmart, Amazon, Alibaba, the military… :-)” ~SupplyChainToday.com.  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.” ~ SupplyChainToday.com.

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 252017
 
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Big Data Analytics for supply chain beginners

Big Data Analytics have the potential to be a major innovation disruptor in supply chain.  Check out the video below as well as the numerous videos below it.  Even if you don’t plan to invest in big data it is wise to get up to speed on the technology.

Digital Supply Chain Information – IoT, Big Data, Cloud, Drones, Blockchain…

Quotes that can be used for the Digital Supply Chain

  • “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ~ Maya Angelou
  • “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~ Socrates
  • “Lets go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “The digital supply chain has the potential to completely change supply chain. However, do your due diligence before rushing in.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.
  • “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” ~ Jonh Steinbeck
  • “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
  • “Think of a 3D printer as your TV. The same way your TV streams movies your 3D printer could download plans to make any product in your warehouse. Is the future of warehouses the same as video stores.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.
  • “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

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Jun 242017
 
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Supply Chain Optimization

Supply Chain Optimization is key in making a supply chain organization more efficient and productive.  A company can use technology for optimization but don’t forget to improve processes as well.  Using technology to optimize processes may take awhile and will cost a significant amount of money.  Be sure to first look into ways to improve the current process by taking out wasted steps.  Also look into the process discipline of the organization so the information going into your supply chain system can be fully utilized for your supply chain optimization projects.

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Supply Chain Optimization Quotes

  • “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” ~ Bill Gates, founder and former CEO of Microsoft
  • “In many cases, jobs that used to be done by people are going to be able to be done through automation. I don’t have an answer to that. That’s one of the more perplexing problems of society.” ~ John Sculley, former CEO of Apple Computers
  • “For the blue-collar worker, the driving force behind change was factory automation using programmable machine tools. For the office worker, it’s office automation using computer technology: enterprise-resource-planning systems, groupware, intranets, extranets, expert systems, the Web, and e-commerce.” ~ Tom Peters
  • “SpaceX is only 12 years old now. Between now and 2040, the company’s lifespan will have tripled. If we have linear improvement in technology, as opposed to logarithmic, then we should have a significant base on Mars, perhaps with thousands or tens of thousands of people.” ~ Elon Musk
  • “The human being is a very poorly designed machine tool. The human being excels in coordination. He excels in relating perception to action. He works best if the entire human being, muscles, senses, and mind, is engaged in the work.”
    ~ Peter F. Drucker
  • “Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.” ~ Tom Peters
  • “In Japan, a company worker’s position is secure. He is retrained for another job if his present job is eliminated by productivity improvement. W. Edwards Deming
  • “I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I’ve done that sort of thing in my life, but I’ve always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed.” ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Computers
  • “There might be new technology, but technological progress itself was nothing new – and over the years it had not destroyed jobs, but created them.”  ~ Margaret Thatcher
  • “Automation provides us with wondrous increases of production and information, but does it tell us what to do with the men the machines displace? Modern industry gives us the capacity for unparalleled wealth – but where is our capacity to make that wealth meaningful to the poor of every nation?”  ~ Robert Kennedy
  • “Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.”  ~ Louis Gerstner, fromer CEO of IBM

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Jun 242017
 
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Bullwhip Effect and Beer Game

Unexpected changes in demand patterns will continue to escalate further up the supply chain.    Problems tend to escalate in supply chains where communication is minimal between supply nodes.  A small wave in the middle of the ocean may end up as a tidal wave near the shore.  The bullwhip effect can best be described using the “Beer Game.” It is an exercise that showcases the problems that arise in a company with minimal communication in the supply chain.  A quick 15 minute game graphically represents the variable opportunities that can be found in the supply chain.  Feel free to e-mail me if you would like to know how the beer game could be used as a training tool at your company.    

Causes of the Bullwhip Effect:

  • Poor communication throughout the supply chain

  • Poor ordering practices

  • Poor reaction to backlogs

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Jun 242017
 
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LOCATION ANALYSIS

  • Transportation and logistics cost; closeness to markets

  • Wages

  • Taxes

  • Utilities such as sewers, water, gas and electricity

  • Access to vendors and materials

  • Access to customers

  • Labor supply

  • Climate

  • City Ordinances

  • Attitudes within the community

  • Incentives from the community

  • Land available

  • Proximity to freeway/railroad/ocean/airport