GOFFMAN 01Supply chain organizations are discovering the benefits of integrated business planning.

By Neal Goffman

Executive teams need accurate forecasts to set performance benchmarks and optimize targets for revenue, profit, territory, pipeline opportunity and more. Production and procurement teams need them to optimize required resources such as raw materials, people and equipment. Finance needs them to weigh capital investments against liquidity needs. Wouldn’t it be great if every functional team in the organization could share the same, statistically derived, continually updated, cloud-based demand data? 

Fuel Relief FundTrucking companies have joined Fuel Relief Fund to provide help after disasters.

 By Alan Dorich 

When natural disasters occur, people often think of the essentials that one needs to survive, such as food and water. But another very important resource is fuel, which Fuel Relief Fund (FRF) strives to make sure people have.

Van GrootelThere are technology tools to manage ready-mix fleets. 

By Jeffery Van Grootel

In the world of ready-mix concrete – where the material a driver transports turns to solid and becomes unusable within three hours – timing is crucial. Project managers depend on getting the materials they need exactly when they need it, and at the right consistency. To ensure a quality pour, the material’s journey from the batching plant to the jobsite must include the proper rotation of the mixer drum, and the correct ratio of water versus cementitious material. 

SpaceTimeOptimization models must run closer to execution and provide value to operations.

By Chris Horacek

A key benefit of e-commerce is that it allows sellers to more tightly integrate with their customers. Whether providing products to consumers or businesses, shipments have become smaller and more frequent and are now delivered to more locations at specific times based on customer demand.

QuintiqGoing the legacy route can be an expensive mistake.

By Robert Oliver

It’s hard to resist “free.” Many organizations already have route planning tools in place. Others may have transportation management systems (TMS), which often offer low-cost or free routing capabilities. This gives rise to questions such as: Why spend money on a new system when you already have one in place? Why pay for a system when you can implement one that you have a free or low-cost license for? Why fix something that isn’t broken?

Gender GapCompanies can work to offset the gender imbalance in supply chain and logistics.

By Tisha Danehl

The climb to the top of the corporate ladder remains challenging for women in supply chain and logistics. According to a report co-published by Gartner and AWESOME, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women’s leadership in supply chain, women make up 37 percent of the supply chain workforce and yet just 15 percent of top-level supply chain positions are filled by women.

Future Proofing FleetsYou can future-proof your fleet through unified fleet management systems.

By Kurt Nantkes

Fleet management is a rapidly evolving industry with ever-changing regulations; cutting-edge technology and a market saturated with telematics products. As we move into the next generation of fleet management, companies are putting effort and resources toward the development of a universal, streamlined approach – one that brings together all services into a simple, convenient user interface. 

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