CSCMP Europe 12 Day One – The European Research Seminar

This week LogisticsMatter is visiting the CSCMP Europe 12 Conference in Frankfurt Germany. The conference started at the House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) Forum near Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport. The day consisted of 9 lectures on academic research in the field of Supply Chain Management. The highlights of today: The Role of External Relationships for LSP Innovativeness: A Contingency […]

Fortune 500 Social Media Statistics

“All big search engines have already updated their ranking algorthms to include social media signals as a metric for search engine rankings”, says GO-Gulf.com who made the Infographic depicted below. It shows how Fortune 500 companies are engaging the “general” public through Social Media. The Social Media effort of Fortune 500 companies seems to be declining somewhat, looking at the […]

DHL Express Goes Green, Delivers by Bike in 4 Dutch Cities

DHL has been serious about sustainability. It launched the GoGreen initiative to bring down CO2 emissions substantially by 2020 and has been working hard at this ever since. One of the key focus points in the GoGreen strategy is Urban Distribution. In the Netherlands they have launched a new initiative distributing packages in several cities by bike. This has resulted […]

Social Media Security Basics

Here is a great infographic from the people at Veracode on Social Media Security Basics. Veracode is an independent provider of cloud-based application intelligence and security verification services. “This infographic reinforces that enterprises must balance the allure of social media with risks for viruses and attacks,” said Connie Stack, vice president of corporate marketing, Veracode. “While it may not be realistic to […]

See the Robots at Work That Amazon Just Bought

Amazon spent around $1.2 billion on Zappos.com, a large online shoe retailer. Recently they took out their wallet again, and this time for the second biggest spend in their history. Amazon will pay $775 million for Kiva Systems, which produces robots that move around goods in warehouses. Will the robots start replacing all personnel in the Amazon DCs? No, but […]

Operational Excellence is at the Top of the 2012 Supply Chain Agenda

What is the number one business driver for 2012 according to 350 Supply Chain professionals? Market volatility. 52% of the respondents in the annual international Capgemini Consulting supply chain study 2012 Global Supply Chain Agenda said so. According to the report it is increased commodity and raw material prices that will put enormous pressure on procurement spend and overall profitability. […]

LogiCon 2012 – Conference Main Day Two

Two returning themes in these two LogiCon 2012 days were Collaboration and Agility. After a warm welcome by Professor Alan Waller OBE of the Cranfield School of Management the second day started off with a lecture on Supply Chain Agility by Gavin Chappell, Supply Chain Director at UK grocery chain Asda. One of his opening remarks was that research had […]

Extended Retail Supply Chain Collaboration

On Conference Day One at LogiCon 2012 in the Netherlands Andy Stinnes, Managing Director of GT Nexus lectured on Extended Supply Chain Collaboration, in this case enabled by a Cloud based Supply Chain Management Platform. According to GT Nexus there are three main Supply Chain threats that need to be addressed: 1. Supply Chain Disruptions 2. The Global Financial Crisis […]

LogiCon 2012 – Conference Main Day One

With a few logistics problems of our own LogisticsMatter had a false start on the first day of the LogiCon 2012 conference arriving late at the Raddison Blu Hotel near Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands. LogiCon 2012 is Europe’s only Retail and FMCG supply chain conference, bringing together 150 senior supply chain experts, to learn from over 37 insightful sessions and […]