6 reads for supply chain & logistics leaders to drive transformation

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It’s a new year, which means an endless list of resolutions, determination to tackle new challenges, and plans that will change throughout the year. For supply chain and logistics leaders, the time has come to lead transformation in your business operations and achieve a healthier profit margin.

Is your supply chain future ready? Here are six posts that help you find out.

  1. Descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics: Which is the right one for you?

This is, quite literally, the million-dollar question. Choosing the right technology involves a large investment and considerably larger returns. The million-dollar answer depends on your type of business. Read on to learn more about the different types of analytics and which can do most for you.

  1. Will smart machines take away jobs from people?

As complexity grows, smart technology becomes even more critical. But not everyone believes in a piece of software that can do things better than a human. The fear is that, smart technology will make human workers obsolete, however this is far from true. Or is it? Read the full story.

  1. Why automation alone does not result in the best plans

Automation helps human planners make faster decisions but not necessarily better ones. Suppose a driver is delayed for 30 minutes and is going to be late for the next delivery. How does a machine decide what should be done? How can you ensure that decisions are fast and solutions are the best ones? Continue reading.

  1. The Branded Supply Chain: Inspiring loyalty and securing profits in the long term

Your supply chain is an extension of your brand. How it performs will directly affect your service levels and your bottom line. Branding your supply chain means using your supply chain as a vehicle for your brand story to inspire loyalty and secure profits in the long term. Read the Branded Supply Chain story.

  1. The BIG impact of “small” decisions

Your centralized planning system has done its job for the day. Routes and vehicle capacity have been optimized to deliver the products you manufactured JIT to fill demand. Your workforce has been planned to cut overtime and idle time without breaking any labor laws. Sounds good so where’s the problem? Read to see what happens when we zero in on a single event.

  1. Is same-day delivery really the holy grail of retail?

Retailers need to manage delivery expectations. It’s not just about speed. Today’s on-the-go shopper wants to be alerted on the approximate time of delivery. Alternative delivery locations, rerouting and delivery windows are also highly valued. How can retailers offer all these complex permutations without hurting their bottom line? Read to find out.

What’s your take on the points presented in the list above? Share your perspective below.

This post was previously published on LinkedIn.