LOGISTICS MEASUREMENTS 01By Marisa Brown

In a field driven by precision and efficiency, logistics organizations are looking for the right measures to track their performance and identify opportunities for improvement. Key performance indicators (KPIs) for logistics processes are not unknown, but organizations must determine which of these measures are critical for their business. In addition, many organizations struggle with the challenge of ensuring widespread employee engagement and linking performance improvement for the organization with individual performance. 

The first step for managing logistics measurement effectively is to identify measures that are strategically aligned and relevant.

 BEST PRACTICES 01Avoid risks to your operations from suppliers’ losses.

By Luke Foley

Hurricane Harvey rocked Texas. Devastating monsoon rains swept India, Nepal and Bangladesh. A deadly earthquake hit Mexico City. And a record-breaking typhoon landed in China. 

These are just some of the natural disasters that created destruction around the world in 2017. And regardless of where you are headquartered, your business operations were likely at risk during several of the year’s catastrophic weather events if you have a global supply chain. 

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By Kirk Anderson

The irony was lost on no one when, last summer, Amazon announced it planned to construct a new fulfillment center inside one of the world’s largest abandoned malls. Big box and anchor stores are re-evaluating their business models, with many facing extinction. 

 WMS OR ERPBy Mike Krabbe

Five years ago, choosing a best-of-breed warehouse management system (WMS) over an enterprise resource planning (ERP) WMS was commonplace for companies with multiple sales channels. As the functionality of ERP WMS systems continue to evolve, companies are considering ERP WMS systems. 

PRESCRIPTIVE ANALYTICSBy Guy Yehiav

It can’t be denied - supply chain digitization has escalated quickly over the last 30 years as enterprises needed a better way to manage the amount of data coming through their doors. With the increased availability of analytical solutions and the adoption of machine learning capabilities, looking inside consumer packaged goods and retailers’ supply chains today you’ll see operations that go well beyond basic optimization. This is partly due to the entrance of prescriptive analytics. This new way of operating allows companies to perform an increasing array of advanced analytical tasks – taking business intelligence solutions beyond their previous capabilities. 

 OP REV OF SUPPLY CHAIN ROBOTICSBy Lior Elazary

The effects of robotics technology can be witnessed across industries, with groundbreaking implementations being tested in fields from healthcare to manufacturing and e-commerce. One such use case is the major progress being made within the supply chain, specifically in warehouse automation.

In e-commerce specifically, dominant retailers like Amazon have been incorporating automation in their warehouses and setting a highly competitive pace for order fulfillment and delivery since 2012. This has led to the modern adaption of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that can revolutionize the supply chain for small and medium-size companies, too. Here are a few key ways innovations in robotics are benefitting the supply chain at large. 

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