Top 5 Supply Chain Reads to Start Your Week - March 12, 2018

Posted by Eunice Marigliano on Mar 12, 2018 3:55:48 PM

Each week we look for the best blog posts, articles, and commentary on supply chain orchestration, logistics innovation, and industry news to share.

This week we're reading about the benefits of cloud integration, supply chain digitization priorities, simplicity-as-a-service, and using TMS and delivery in general as a means to improve customer service and ROI.

Here are our 5 favorites - enjoy!

Comment: Delivering Value for Money in the Age of the Impatient Customer - By James Reid, @JamesReidSAGE Supply Chain Digital, @SupplyChainD - Cloud solutions are becoming more readily available to the supply chain and logistics industries, and the reduced costs and resource usage required associated with them enables small-to-medium businesses and startups to reap the functional benefits that support their unique business processes.

Supply Chain News: Where Do Companies Stand On Supply Chain Digitization Initiatives? Is Digitization Really Just a Collection of Disparate Technologies? - By SCDigest Editorial Staff, SCDigest, @scdigest - Reviewing a new report from DHL, big data analytics won the vote for the single most important technology above cloud-based applications. Almost 60% of those surveyed saying they are developing or early into a proof of concept in the deployment for these types of information/analytic digitizations.

6 Supply Chain Terms Creating the Buzz - By Gary Frantz, Inbound Logistics, @ILMagazine - Inbound Logistics asked several industry watchers what topped their list of terms that will dominate conversations in 2018. Blockchain, augmented reality and autonomous vehicles on this list probably comes as as surprise to nobody. Simplicity-as-a-Service, however, is a new one for me, though the definition is very familiar. "It's described succinctly as 'enabling customers to achieve their desired outcomes in an ever-changing business environment with less time, effort, cost, risk and resources,' writes Adrian Gonzales, president of supply chain consultancy Adelante SCM."

Home Depot Grows Revenues by Investing in Time Definite Deliveries - by Steve Banker, @steve_scm, Logistics Viewpoints, @logisticsviewpt - The most common reason for implementing a TMS is usually around cost containment, though organizations like Home Depot are beginning to approach it quite differently. A pilot project Home Depot initiated showed executives the expanded purchase per customer and revenue potentials of a TMS solution delivering within defined time windows to consumers and professional contractors from out of their ~2,000 stores.

Study: Shippers see TMS as Customer Service Tool - By DC Velocity Staff, @DCVelocity - With brand owners, retailers and 3PLs under increasing pressure to deliver more frequent but smaller shipments that result in more complex fulfillment practices, In response they are turning to their TMS for solutions and discovering the software can generate a return on investment (ROI) through improved customer service, ARC Advisory Services found.

And that's our top five for March 12th. Did we miss any? Let us know! Tweet us at @MPObjects.

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