Briefs

What to do when ocean rates go sky-high?

Have pandemic-driven supply and demand shocks adversely impacted your in-stock and customer service performance? We highlight five situations that can upend your forecasting and inventory system, suggesting the need for a tune-up.

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Time for an inventory system tune-up?

Have pandemic-driven supply and demand shocks adversely impacted your in-stock and customer service performance? We highlight five situations that can upend your forecasting and inventory system, suggesting the need for a tune-up.

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Supply chain risk and reward – A rebalancing imperative

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the vulnerability of many global supply chains. Supply plummeted first from shutdown factories in China, then demand collapsed worldwide as countries adopted stay-at-home orders. These unprecedented events surfaced a level of...

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May 1 2020: Ports & Intermodal Insights

How are ports and freight systems weathering the pandemic? Fairly well, so far. Interesting strategies are emerging – both to counter the acute shock, and to mitigate the longer term risks. We highlight some of these in our Brief.

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The food supply chain – What’s changed and what lies ahead?

Stay-at-home orders in the time of coronavirus have dramatically altered the path food takes from farm to plate. Grocery stores have suffered shortages while farmers plow crops under due to lack of demand from the food service channel. What is happening to our food supply chain? And which shifts in the food supply chain will live on once the pandemic ends? We see 5 enduring trends.

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Toilet paper: The pandemic paradox

Are carts full of toilet paper irrational? No – not if you consider the traditional cycle and safety stock calculations with plausibly updated parameters.

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Move faster with an open-book RFP

You can implement a logistics solution faster and with a higher probability of success by using an open-book RFP. Now is the right time for this approach.

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