The Digital Supply Chain Journey: Step 4 – Supplier Onboarding!

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The foundations of any Digital Supply Chain is the real time, end-to-end electronic connectivity of every node and aspect of your Supply Chain. Unless your company is entirely self-sufficient this connectivity requires extensive and exhaustive Supplier Onboarding.

And this onboarding is not restricted to the first tier suppliers with whom you have direct contact. You must connect with second, third, and fourth tier suppliers, many of which you will often never have even heard of before.

And that is an enormous challenge, to say the very least.

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Data Backup and Recovery Tips for Emerging Businesses!

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Data backup and recovery are essential parts of any business. However, data backups can be a nightmare for businesses. This is why companies need to make sure that they have a backup strategy in place.

It is important to understand the different types of data that can be lost in a backup and how to make it happen safely with proper data backup and recovery.

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3D Printing is Changing Global Supply Chains!

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In the past people could be forgiven for thinking 3D printing was ‘for the future’. The pandemic changed all that dramatically.  3D printing is changing global Supply Chains.

The desperate dash to produce a vaccine quickly and cost effectively, and in sufficient quantities to a global population became mission critical.

Producing PPE equipment, such as face masks and spare parts for ventilators, all needed to be done speedily, efficiently, and with worldwide collaboration. Local production was also a factor.

Traditional manufacturing and the global supply chain were suboptimal in solving such a crisis. Traditional (subtractive) manufacturing processes were the antithesis of what was required – efficacy, efficiency, and local production with design flexibility embedded.

This was the seminal moment when additive manufacturing (3D printing) changed global supply chains forever.

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Fake News or Supply Chain Fallacies?

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Lots of things are happening in Supply Chain Management! Is Supply Chain immune from fake news?

The field is becoming more digital, with end-to-end planning and blockchain technologies transforming the way products are coming to market. It’s becoming more strategic, as companies integrate their Supply Chains and use them as a source of competitive advantage – instead of just a back-office function.

Larger societal changes are affecting the way companies are planning their Supply Chains of the future – everything from the looming arrival of driverless cars, to consumers’ demands that companies be more socially responsible.  And the prevailing use of the term “Fake News“.

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Attracting Millennials Gets Your Digital Supply Chain in Order!

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As explained by Brian Barry of Multichannel Merchant, millennials make a growing cross-section of the American labor force. Ignoring this generation is impossible and attracting millennials in the supply chain is an even bigger hurdle.

Since e-commerce has flooded the industry with more orders and stringent delivery expectations, supply chain leaders must think outside the box to attract and retain the next generation.

In fact, millennials will make up more than 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, so it is time for supply chain executives and leaders to enact the changes necessary to guarantee success in both the current and future supply chain.

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A Practical Guide to Using Digital Tachograph Tools!

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Having an excellent business fleet is one of the secrets of highly successful companies. Transportation of products for deliveries and staff for meetings is smoother with fleets. A functional digital tachograph can measure significant metrics like speed, driving time, and driver’s activity

Transportation can result in higher company expenses if you don’t track them well. The increasing cost of fuel, car maintenance and purchasing of vehicles can drain a company’s resources.

The digital tachograph download (DTD) helps record driver and vehicle information, including travel distance, speed, driving time and activity. As such, it allows you to be compliant with relevant regulations and ensure that drivers are not doing more than their legally-mandated hours behind the wheel.

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The Challenges of Virtual Machine Sprawl!

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Virtual machines are software that mimic a computer’s hardware and allows you to run multiple operating systems on one physical machine. One of the most common uses for a virtual machine is in system management and monitoring. Virtual machines are the key to the modern web.

The march of the use of Virtual Machines (VM) seems relentless.  Offering so many advantages such as being able to store a testbed (or sandbox) that can be stored and then spun back up quickly to repeat testing alone, or having an environment that can be restored quickly if attacked offer massive productivity gains.  

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The 3 Pillars of Digital Procurement!

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Procurement professionals have the same question looming over their head on a daily basis about Digital Procurement:

“How do you plan on dealing with digitalization?”

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Cutting Edge Warehouses! (Video)

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Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that in 2017 total spending on logistics in the US rose to a record $1.5 trillion, up 6.2% from the year before. What’s more, the costs of warehousing, fulfillment and delivery are expected to keep rising in the upcoming year. This is why the biggest players in the market are investing in cutting edge warehouses and technology.

Here are 4 amazing examples of beautiful warehouse operations in which the latest technologies are helping ecommerce giants handle record volumes of parcels faster and more efficiently than ever before.

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Are We Facing the End of Supply Chain Management?

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A new article in Harvard Business Review has been generating some automation-related controversy in the Supply Chain Community, as well as lots of buzz and interesting conversation. Naturally, we want to weigh in and the end of Supply Chain Management.

Titled, “The Death of Supply Chain Management,” the article discusses the way that automation, AI and big data are transforming the industry.

It raises the alarm that the function will soon cease to exist, only to – as these “X is dead“ articles often end up doing – assert that it will still exist, just in a very different form.

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The Importance of Cloud Storage in Supply Chain!

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The supply chain industry is changing at an alarming rate as new technological innovations launch. Cloud storage is one of the technologies that have significantly revolutionized supply chain management.

This page will look at ways in which cloud storage has impacted the supply chain sector.

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Things You Can Do With Your Cash App!

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Mobile payment app Cash App changed how we make regular transactions for good. Want to send a friend some money? Need to order a pair of shoes on Amazon?

All you need is a free account and some money in your debit card or bank account. Cash App is secure and easy to use, making it convenient and hassle-free. 

This article will outline some of the best ways to spend money using Cash App. Let’s get started.

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What Can Location Map Software Be Used For?

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Most companies collect and store consumer data. For many businesses, the data holds a geographic component to the information, including physical address or general city. Unfortunately, businesses without location map software will involuntarily forgo these critical communication components.

After all, any location-based information may directly connect with sales data, supplier information, and more. Understanding how to optimize and capitalize on these details is essential for businesses wanting to maintain a competitive advantage.

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The Best Techniques to Maximize Your ROI with TikTok Marketing!

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TikTok is more than a fan website for dances and memes; it’s a powerful marketing tool for any business. Fifty-five percent of users who see a brand end up purchasing a product from them, showcasing how powerful TikTok marketing is.

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Our 2018 Top 10 List!

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It’s been a tremendous start to our second year at  Supply Chain Game Changer.  Our goal has always been to share experiences and expertise, including our 2018 Top 10 list.  In the first half of 2018 our readership continued to grow substantially over our first year, 2017.  And we were selected  as one of the Top 25 Procurement blogs in the world.

In 2018 we added video content and introduced our “Seasoned Leadership in Action” Interview series.  For the purpose of this Top 10 List we have excluded all  “Seasoned Leadership in Action” articles as we are not trying to promote a popularity contest amongst individuals.  That being said the response to the Interview series has been absolutely outstanding.

We also continued to add more and more Guest posts provided by industry leaders.  We have 17 new Guest contributors so far in 2018 on top of the outstanding roster of contributors who started with us in 2017.

As we end the first 6 months of 2018 we wanted to publish our Top 10 List, so far.

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So here is our 1st Top 10 List of 2018…

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