Category: Sales and Operations Planning

Upcoming Holiday Fulfillment Period Provides Added Challenges and New Opportunities

Consumer confidence remains strong and forecasts for the upcoming holiday period remain positive. However, B2C and B2B online fulfillment will face added challenges in the coming weeks recruiting added labor, implementing new online fulfillment processes, and securing added resources. This may well be a period where investments in advanced technology can pay dividends.

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Trade and Tariff Tensions Spawn Different Business and Supply Network Planning Assumptions for 2019

Additional data and reports related to ongoing implications of global trade and tariff tensions will likely lead to added business planning challenges among global supply chain teams for the coming year, and perhaps beyond.

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The Rebranding of APICS- What is This All About?

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a perspective commentary regarding this week’s announcement of the rebranding of the APICS professional education organization to the Association for Supply Management (ASCM).

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Catastrophic Storms Florence and Mangkhut Have Industry Supply Chains On Alert

Hurricane Florence and now Typhoon Mangkhut continue to impact both the U.S. and portions of Asia. Multi-industry supply chains continue with activating disruption and risk mitigation measures in a critical period.

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Oracle Extends Cloud-based Transportation and Global Trade Support Capabilities

Oracle announced this month the latest quarterly releases of Oracle Transportation Management Cloud and Oracle Trade Management Cloud. The quarterly release is noteworthy because of the current increased challenges, uncertainties and event volatility occurring in each of these key supply chain management business process support areas.

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Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War- August 24, 2018

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides our August 24 update and insights commentary on the pace and impact of global trade and tariff events impacting global and industry supply chains.

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NRF Raises Optimism for 2018 Retail Sales

The National Retail Federation (NRF) this week increased its U.S. retail sales forecast for 2018, indicating that sales are expected more than previously forecasted earlier this year. While retailers will likely view this upward forecast as a forerunner to be a very optimistic indicator for the all-important second-half of the year, caution is advised.

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Report Highlighting Existing Out-of-Stock Challenges for Ordering Consumer Goods Online

Supply Chain Matters highlights a report released from Grocery Manufacturers Association indicating potential online sales losses for consumer goods due to out-of-stocks.

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