Strategy, Business Models

Organizational strategies related to supply chain, including performance management, policies, best practice/processes, business models, innovation, the global economy, etc.

Last Mile Delivery Excellence – Part One: Perfecting the Customer’s Experience

Customers’ expectations for delivery excellence continue to climb for faster, error-free delivery, more granular visibility, more convenience, and increased flexibility. Here we discuss specific strategies and capabilities that leading companies are using to try and perfect the customer’s delivery experience, such as via hyperlocal delivery, dynamic dispatch and routing, adaptable workflows, dwell time reduction, real-time visibility, expanding the range of delivery windows, locations, and options, sustainable delivery, last minute rescheduling, and more

Space-Based Manufacturing and Logistics – Part One: Why Now?

Plummeting launch costs are poised to make manufacturing in space economically feasible for a set of materials and products that can take advantage of unique attributes of space-based production. Here we explore why space-based manufacturing may be on the verge of becoming a reality.

It’s Late. Do You Know Where Your Supply Chain Is?

The Russo-Ukrainian war has put into focus the question of the proper role for responsible enterprises in response to abuses by authoritarian regimes. Here we look at some of the challenges and solutions to managing an ethical supply chain.

Agile Demand-Supply Alignment – Part 3G: Solution Assessments

Here we assess Mercado’s supply chain network/platform for connecting retailers with suppliers, forwarders and brokers, carriers, and other service providers in the order-to-delivery process for imports. We also cover Zencargo’s solution for mid-sized retailers who are doing significant importing and seek control tower capabilities combined with freight forwarding services.

Thriving in the Age of Uncertainty – Part Three

We explore various strategies for obtaining supply chain resilience, including mapping and monitoring the multi-tier supply chain, the use of supply chain finance, and building adaptability into physical infrastructure, systems, processes, and people.

Agile Demand-Supply Alignment – Part 3F: Solution Assessments

This is our assessment of One Network, who has one of the most sophisticated/elegant architectures, providing a flexible and scalable multi-enterprise platform. We look at their intelligent control towers for autonomous supply chain management providing multi-tier, multiparty optimization, and automated planning and execution from inbound supply to outbound order fulfillment and logistics.

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