Customer-Centric Supply Chain Planning: The Difference is in the Details

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I was fortunate to join the Arkieva team in strategy sessions with our Belgium team and European partner – Solventure. Since this was my first time visiting Belgium, I couldn’t help but notice the picturesque sceneries, the architecture, and how beautifully meals were presented. I started pondering if the locals saw all the details that I did on my trip on a day-to-day basis. Perhaps if I moved to Belgium, with time the details that I noticed during my trip would be minuscule because they would be the norm.

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Arkieva Supply Chain Scope: Canada Retail Sales Decrease; Is Your Supply Chain a Cyber Threat?

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Despite expectations of an increase in sales, Canada retail sales fell by 0.1% and a new survey reveals outsourcing in supply chain is expected to grow. Is your supply chain a cyber threat? This and much more, in your supply chain briefing from Arkieva. Subscribe and follow #SupplyChainScope on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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New Survey Reveals Levels of Outsourcing in Supply Chain Expected to Grow by Over 40%

A new report by SupplyChainDigest: “Supplier Integration in an Outsourced Supply Chain World: A Benchmark Report,” showed a growing trend in supply chain outsourcing among manufacturing companies. The survey of over 100 manufacturing companies included a wide variety of industries including chemical, consumer packaged goods of which 42% were large businesses with annual revenues greater than 1 billion in sales. The report revealed that respondents had outsourcing widespread in many areas of their supply chain including sectors such as manufacturing, finishing, packaging/packing, and distribution/logistics.

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Supply Chain Scope: New Study Shows Rise in US Inventories; California Estimated to Improve Freight Efficiency by 25% in 2030


A new study by the SupplyChainDigest analyzing the main components of working capital: Days Sales Outstanding (DSO), Days Inventory Outstanding (DIO), and Days Payables Outstanding (DPO) revealed an uptick in DIO. This and much more, in your Monday supply chain briefing from Arkieva. Subscribe and follow #SupplyChainScope on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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Global Supply Chain Management: Is Your Supply Chain Susceptible to The Butterfly Effect?

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Manufacturers, with interdependent global supply chains, are faced with the challenge of employing effective global risk management strategies that encompass a full view of both external and internal risk factors.

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How To Get Started With Improving Your Supply Chain Processes Today!


Naturally, it’s easy to wait until something is broken before fixing it. For manufacturing companies looking to stay ahead of the curve in today’s highly competitive marketplace, the culture of continuous improvement is highly critical. While most manufacturing businesses might agree on the fact that they need to have a supply chain improvement process in place, with the aim of – continuously cutting unnecessary costs, improving productivity while improving customer satisfaction – getting started on the other hand, usually gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list.

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Arkieva Supply Chain Scope: As Ecommerce Businesses Boom, Distribution Center Availability Becomes Scarce

While demand seems to be on an uptick for manufacturers especially in the consumer goods industry, an increase in online shopping could also lead to a scarcity in the availability of distribution centers in the near future. This and more, in your Monday supply chain briefing from Arkieva.

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Arkieva Supply Chain Scope: The Robots Are Coming & Potential Growth in Demand Looms in The Near Future

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Looking for a quick scope on the latest supply chain news, trends and tips? Look no further, here’s your Monday supply chain briefing from Arkieva. Don’t forget to follow #SupplyChainScope on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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Beyond the Supply Chain Maturity Model Buzz

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What is the Supply Chain “Maturity Model” Buzz? Aside from the terms big data and analytics, the most common buzz word in supply chain solutions is “Maturity Model”. As a 40+ year veteran of campaigns to bring better analytics to bear on key organizational decisions, my immediate reaction was: another buzz word with more hype than substance glossing over or ignoring a rich set of outstanding prior and current work that can be an inconvenient truth. Words of wisdom such as – how can we move forward, if we don’t know where we are going – seem obvious and a dangerous simplification!

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Good Advice: Don’t dwell in the past


Sometimes when we make a mistake it’s hard not to dwell over it and relive the incident over and over in our minds. Reflection on a past mistake and help us avoid or learn from this mistake in the future, but how do we not turn this reflection into an obsession?

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