The Evolution Toward Software-as-a-Self-Service
Software-as-a-Self-Service envisioned as the ability for a shipper to visit a website, enter their credit card information, go through a setup wizard, and within an hour or two be up and running with a TMS. If done right, this self-service approach would enable solution providers to reach, in a more scalable and cost-effective manner, all of those SMB companies currently using spreadsheets and fax machines to manage their transportation operations.
Why Sustainability Meant Opportunity to Innovate for Nike
Nike identified water inadequacy and resource cost volatility among the risks, opportunities and challenges surrounding its business. This became the driving force behind the forging of the relationship between Nike and Dutch award-winning startup DyeCoo, a Dutch company that launched the world’s first ever industrial dyeing machine that uses high pressure carbon dioxide (CO2) as a replacement for water to dye polyester. The CO2 used in the process originates from other industrial sources and is 95 percent recyclable. On top of that, the technology uses less chemicals and about half the energy of conventional dyeing techniques.
Inventory Management in the Age of Big Data (HBR)
We are on the verge of a major upheaval in the way inventory is managed. This revolution is a result of the availability of the huge amounts of real-time data that are now routinely generated on the internet and through the interconnected world of enterprise software systems and smart products. In order to make effective use of this new data and to stay competitive, managers will need to redesign their supply-chain processes.
SanDisk’s Journey to Supply Chain Excellence (Forbes)
Sandisk improved its supply chain through deployment of vertically integrated sourcing, reduction in variability, manufacturing flexibility analysis, postponement, customer segmentation and other modern supply chain concepts.
Camper successfully applies Operations Rules concepts
Camper’s journey to supply chain success was achieved by implementing the manufacturing 2-flexibility and push-pull concepts developed by David Simchi-Levi.
IKEA Can’t Stop Obsessing About Its Packaging (WSJ)
Retailer increasingly designs furniture with shipping costs in mind from the start. Efficient packing—and the concomitant benefit of lower transport costs—is at the heart of IKEA’s ability to stay affordable. “We hate air at IKEA,” is a mantra that is repeated throughout the company.
How Bird Flu is Impacting the Egg Supply Chain
For the first time in more than a decade that the US has been forced to import eggs from Europe due to a massive shortage. This is because of an avian flu outbreak that has affected more than 47 million birds, which is nearly 16% of the US stock.
JDA Takes Supply Chain Software to Google Cloud (WSJ)
Software providers say retail customers are reluctant to give business to Google rival Amazon Web Services