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May 23, 2017

North American robotics orders jump 32 percent in first quarter

Growth is driven as Amazon and GM invest in automation, the industry's trade group says.

Time for a change in direction: Seven use cases for hyperledger in the supply chain

To handle the complex interactions occurring throughout their value networks, supply chain leaders will need to embrace open source technology.

HighJump names four supply chain trends for 2017

Digital transformation strategies should include consumer-grade user interfaces, data analytics, unified commerce, and automated computing. says the software company.

Disruptive technologies: Should you give them the green light?

Disruptive technologies have the power to upend supply chains, adding uncertainty, cost, and complexity. They also can create competitive advantage—but only if organizations strategically build them into their supply chains.

Next-generation visibility: What will it take to get there?

Collaborative technology partnerships will play an important role in achieving greater supply chain visibility in the future.

Dutch team pushes blockchain technology for logistics data

This US$2.3 million initiative would use the security protocol to protect supply chain records.

Educator to the world

Dr. Chris Caplice wants to make supply chain education freely available to anyone, anywhere. More than 150,000 people from 190 countries have taken him up on that offer so far.

Panel: Key to Internet of Things is handling data overload

Zebra expands tools for analyzing flood of sensor data.

Best-in-class retailers have greater supply chain visibility than peers

A survey by Aberdeen Group shows leading retailers not only possess better visibility of their in-transit shipments but also have a clearer view of supplier quality and manufacturing processes than their competitors.

How to create a supply chain center of excellence that <i>works</i>

A center of excellence (CoE) staffed by analytics experts can drive supply chain improvements across your organization. Here are six recommendations for ensuring a successful CoE initiative.

Drones in the supply chain: more than just last-mile delivery

Amazon and Google's efforts to use drones to deliver small packages may get all the press, but the case for using drones is actually stronger further upstream in the supply chain, says one expert.

Does supply chain have a mobile problem?

A recent survey finds that mobile apps and websites fall short of meeting the needs of most supply chain decision makers.

Blackstone's investment in JDA sends a "no sale" signal to Honeywell and any other suitors

An infusion of $570 million will likely keep JDA under current parent company New Mountain's umbrella.

"Uber for Trucking" name not an asset for companies, report contends

"Digital freight matching" services need to go well beyond that, says a report from Armstrong & Associates.

New CSCMP publication explains "blockchain" technology

The latest issue of <i>CSCMP Hot Topics</i> provides examples of how companies can use blockchains in their supply chain.

IoT adoption rates continue to rise, survey shows

Eyefortransport research finds the majority of respondents are using Internet of Things technology to gather location information to improve customer service.

Blurred lines: WMS vs. WCS vs. WES

As software vendors expand their products' functionality, it's getting harder to tell the different warehousing platforms apart. Here's what you need to know to make the right buying decision.

Warehouses are improving efficiencies with "Internet of Things," AT&T executive says

To justify the cost of expensive sensors and data networks, companies will need to understand where the data will provide a strong return on investment, the IOT expert said.

How secure is the data in your supply chain?

A survey of 320 IT professionals found that fewer than half are confident that their business partners are practicing good cybersecurity.

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To handle the complex interactions occurring throughout their value networks, supply chain leaders will need to embrace open source technology.

Research for the Real World
The advantages of a holistic approach to cross-docking
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
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Study shows growth in digital linkages between customers and suppliers
Nearly a third of companies surveyed say their trading partners are more prepared for automated data exchange than they are.

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Mexico's NAFTA advocate
Despite the current uncertainties about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico's place in the global supply chain is secure, says Kenneth Smith Ramos, head of the Mexico's Trade and NAFTA Office in Washington, D.C.

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Which country has the most resilient supply chain of them all?
FM Global has released the results of its 2017 Global Resilience Index, which ranks countries based on their ability to tolerate disruptive events. The latest edition features more risk factors and a new comparison function.

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Sea container imports seen growing through summer, fall, report says
First-half TEU volumes are forecast to be up 5.6 percent, an NRF-Hackett report says.

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SCM World is accepting entries for its Power of the Profession Awards
The awards will recognize supply chain initiatives that have not only delivered value to customers and shareholders but also had an impact on diversity, employee engagement, or critical world issues.

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North American robotics orders jump 32 percent in first quarter
Growth is driven as Amazon and GM invest in automation, the industry's trade group says.

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Creating a consumer-friendly supply chain continues to challenge retailers
For retail supply chains to succeed today, they must focus on improving the consumer's overall experience. Many are still struggling to achieve that goal, says a recent report from eyefortransport.

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Consumer goods companies hone technology solutions
Grocers are finding new supply chain efficiencies with the latest technology, but the solutions aren't always perfect out of the box.

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Food retailers name three ways to cut "unsaleable" goods out of supply chain
Trading Partner Alliance (TPA) and CHEP encourage wider sharing of UPC-level data and better management of shelf life and discontinued items.

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DeBiase, French to receive AWESOME Legendary Leadership Awards
Fourth annual awards recognize successful supply chain executives who have addressed women's career challenges and supported the advancement of women's supply chain leadership.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP and Truckstop.com collaborate on supply chain paper contest
The first-place winner of the annual Call for Papers for Young Professionals will receive a complimentary registration to the CSCMP EDGE conference.

In their own words: Members tell why CSCMP is important to them
A new video produced by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals features members' thoughts on the personal and professional benefits of membership in the organization.

CSCMP EDGE conference announces its lineup of keynote speakers
A writer from Pixar Animation Studio, an artificial intelligence expert, and a war hero will provide advice on leading during times of change.

Tackling the challenge of last-mile delivery
In the latest CSCMP Hot Topics publication, A.T. Kearney analysts predict how companies will respond to the increasing demands and costs associated with e-commerce logistics.

Nominate a promising supply chain star for the CSCMP Young Professionals Emerging Leader Award
Nominations are due May 15.

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