Top 5 Supply Chain Reads to Start Your Week - March 26, 2018

Posted by Eunice Marigliano on Mar 26, 2018 11:17:03 AM

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 putting your supply chain in the cloud, increasing consumer delivery and returns expectations, and who invented global logistics.

Here are our 5 favorites - enjoy!

Why You Should Get Your Supply Chain in the Cloud - by Rod Daugherty, @BlueRidgeGlobal, @SupplyChainDive‏ - Focused more on the inventory planning side but just as applicable elsewhere in the supply chain, "...the real benefits of the cloud over an on-premise solution are: unprecedented precision, visibility and pace of enhancement."

Consumers Want their Deliveries to be Free and Fast - by James Henderson, @SupplyChainD - A study by AlixPartners reinforces the notion of increasing consumer expectations regarding free delivery and shorter delivery timeframes.

The Relevance of Last-Mile Delivery Logistics - by Vishnu Rajamanickam, Freight Waves, @FreightWaves - Sharing interesting insights from a survey conducted by Localz (@localz) on consumer expectations, statistics show that supply chain visibility is a higher priority than same-day delivery.

The Dutch Invented Global Logistics: A History Lesson - by Kevin O'Marah, Forbes, @Forbes‏ - Looking back to 1500s Dutch independence and their ensuing "first coherent global supply chain strategy on earth." and the essential assets, tools and processes that are in place, even today.

Reverse Logistics in the “Age of Entitlement” - by Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor, Logistics Management, @LogisticsMgmt - Purchases made via e-commerce have return rates that are three to four times higher than that for brick-and-mortar purchases, according to RILA. The reverse logistics sector presents a lot of opportunities to delight today's "entitled consumer" and reduce retailer costs.

Speaking of reverse logistics, last week we recorded a webinar on overcoming the challenges inherent in reverse logistics for e-commerce and aftermarkets. You can watch it on-demand by clicking below..

 Returns: Taming the Beast of eCommerce & Aftermarket Operations

And that's our top five for March 26th. Did we miss any? Let us know! Tweet us at @MPObjects.

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